Summer health

How to get vitamin D from sunlight

Find out how long you need to spend in the sun to get enough vitamin D.

Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather

Why heatwaves are dangerous, who's most at risk in extreme heat, and how to keep cool and safe.

Summer safety for younger children

Summer holidays are great fun for children, but can bring risks. Here are some tips for keeping them safe.

Sunscreen and sun safety

Protect your skin against sun damage (including sunbeds) and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

12 UK insects and bugs that bite or sting

The creatures that are most likely to feast on you, including wasps, bees, ants, spiders, midges and ticks.

Safe swimming: what's lurking in the water?

How to make sure you don’t catch or encounter anything nasty in the sea, river, pond or lake.

Summer feet tips

Summer means sandals, so make sure your feet are attractive and in tip-top condition before baring them to the world.

Plant dangers in the garden and countryside

A guide to the plants that can sting, scratch or poison you and what to do if you or your family are affected.

Stay gas safe this summer

From boilers to barbecues, what you need to know about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Media last reviewed: 22/06/2015

Next review due: 22/06/2017

Beach safety

To make the most of your time at the seaside, be informed about the dangers and follow these simple safety tips

Travel health

Advice for people travelling abroad. Get the facts on malaria, travel vaccinations, EHIC, travel insurance, DVT and jet lag

Festival health

Everything you need to know to stay safe and enjoy yourself if you're heading to a festival this summer

Healthy holidays

How to keep your family healthy during the summer holidays. Includes beach safety, camping safety and free activities