Safer Seasons: Summer

Summer has arrived! Here's some useful information on keeping yourself and others safe in West Sussex.


Coronavirus

We're all looking forward to enjoying the summer but Coronavirus hasn't gone away so it's still important to protect ourselves and others.

Summer is here and we’re all excited about getting back to enjoying many of the things we love after the tough time we've all been through. There’s so much to see and do in West Sussex, it’s the perfect place to unwind, explore and feel happy.

Getting out and about to enjoy our fantastic county is the ideal way to lift our spirits, feel connected and embrace the summer. From walking on the South Downs and picnics on the beach to eating out and having fun with friends and family, there are so many ways to enjoy the summer in West Sussex. 

Even though we’ll be enjoying lots more freedom this summer, it’s still so important to do all we can to keep safe and protect each other as we learn to live with Covid-19.

Be cautious, Be kind, Be Safe

Restrictions

Most Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted however, it’s still really important that everyone continues to take precautions and protect each other. Whilst the vaccination programme has been successful coronavirus hasn’t gone away and cases in West Sussex may rise resulting in serious illness for some people.

We can all continue to wear face coverings, give each other space and wash our hands regularly to help keep ourselves and others safe.

Make sure you're vaccinated and you’re having regular coronavirus tests.

Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and is still able to spread and cause serious illness.

Vaccinations

The UK’s vaccination programme has been a fantastic success so far and is helping us combat the challenge of coronavirus and getting us back to normality.

Many of you will have had at least one jab and it’s now vital that all adults have their second jab.

All UK adults are now eligible to receive a vaccination. Book your appointment online or call 119.

There are walk-in vaccination clinics throughout West Sussex where you don’t need to book. If it's been at least eight weeks since your first vaccination just come along with one form of ID (no photo required). Find your nearest walk-in clinic.

Please encourage anyone you know who hasn't yet been vaccinated to get the jab.

Visitors to West Sussex

Welcome to beautiful West Sussex. We hope you have a fantastic break in our wonderful county and discover everything West Sussex has to offer.

Whilst you’re here we want you to feel safe and reassured that we’re doing everything we can to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

You can do your bit too, by:

  • Making sure you’re up to date with your vaccinations before you travel.
  • Take regular coronavirus tests –
  • Self-isolate if you have any of the following symptoms: high temperature, cough, fever, loss of taste or smell.

Testing

Having regular tests is one of the best ways to stay safe and stop the spread of coronavirus. Testing is simple and can easily become part of our everyday routine.

There are two types of tests:

If you don’t have any symptoms

If you do have symptoms

If you do test positive for coronavirus it’s important that you self-isolate. For support and information about self-isolating visit 

Relax and enjoy the summer

Thank you for everything you’ve done to get us this far by protecting yourself and others. Enjoy the summer whatever your plans. For ideas and inspiration about fun things to do in West Sussex visit our Experience West Sussex website.

 

Visit our Data Dashboard for the latest Covid-19 figures in your area.


General warm weather advice

With the temperatures rising, make sure you're staying safe in hot weather by reading our advice below.

  • Take some time to check on anyone you know who might be at risk during a heat wave. This includes the very young, older people and those who are seriously ill, as they are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, extremely hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse. Take a look at the government’s website ‘Heatwave Plan for England’ for current guidance and useful resources on how to beat the heat.
  • Look after yourself by keeping yourself cool with plenty of water, keeping your environment cool and staying out of the heat between 11am and 3pm.
  • Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water!
  • Ensure you use sun cream and wear light clothing if possible.
  • Cars get very hot, avoid closed spaces and don’t leave pets in cars.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of heat related illnesses. For more information please visit West Sussex Wellbeing.
  • Consider using the Met Office’s Heat Health Alert website. The service acts as an early warning system about periods of high temperatures, which may affect the health of the public. This is particularly helpful those caring for vulnerable people.
  • During periods of hot weather the air quality is affected causing difficulties for those with respiratory conditions. Sign up to Sussex airalert to receive free messages via your mobile phone, voicemails to your home telephone, email or mobile app, informing you that poor air quality is predicted in your area of Sussex.

Wildfire prevention

Last summer West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended 649 fires in the open.

Many wildfires start due to carelessness, for example people discarding lit cigarettes, not leaving barbecues to fully cool or leaving campfires unattended.

However, carefully planned and controlled fires (which usually take place between September and April) can be used by farmers to improve their land for grazing.

Follow these tips to reduce the risks of wildfires:

  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly.
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they can ruin whole fields of crops.
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands – sunlight shining through glass can start fires - take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.
  • Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended. 
  • Leave disposable barbecues to fully cool for several hours and cover it with plenty of cold water to avoid reignition.
  • Do not place a cooled BBQ in a bin with flammable liquids.
  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside.

Permission for outdoor fires:

A fire in the open can easily get out of control. You should always check with the landowner first to find out whether fires and barbecues are permitted on their land and only light fires in safe, designated areas. Children should always be kept away from an open fire.

What to do if you see a fire in the countryside:

  • Report it immediately to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service by calling 999.
  • Do not try to tackle the fire if it can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible, and preferably move downhill as a fire will spread more quickly uphill.
Download this wildfires awareness leaflet here.

Beach safety

It’s great to spend a day out at the coast or seaside. But cooling off by jumping into cold water isn’t the best way to do that. You don’t know what risks await you beneath the water.

Sea and coastal conditions can change fast and you can get into trouble before you know it. To help you enjoy the coast safely, make sure you check weather and tides before you set out, wear appropriate clothing and footwear and be aware of the risks.

For further information on coastal safety, please visit the campaign for Coastal Safety - Beach, Coast or Sea.

If you get into trouble or you see someone else in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard or, if you are deaf or have a speech impairment, send an emergency SMS.

Do you know the Water Safety Code? If not, take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the code to ensure that you keep yourself safe, whether you are in, on or beside the water this summer.

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