Sun and Heat Safety

During the summer there are many important safety tips to keep in mind. The main culprit is sunburns, and besides being painful, sunburns can lead to skin cancer down the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 58% of adults practice proper sun safety procedures, such as applying sunscreen and seeking shade. Teaching sun safety to kids can help them now and can help them to develop better behaviors as adults. In addition to applying sunscreen and being aware of the amount of time spent in the sun, please keep the following tips in mind:

  • Wear a hat whenever possible to protect your face from harmful rays.

  • Bring a shade enclosure or large umbrella if you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun.

  • Use caution even on cloudy days since you can still get a sunburn even when you cannot see the sun.

  • Protect your eyes. Never look directly at the sun and wear sunglasses to block some of the UV rays.

In addition to its ability to cause sunburn, the sun can also cause people to overheat. Following heat safety tips can help prevent heatstroke and dehydration during fun activities or outside work. While drinking plenty of water and avoiding the hottest periods of the day can help a lot, it’s also a good plan to consider the following tips:

  • Learn the signs of heat rash. This pink rash looks like tiny pimples and indicates someone has spent too much time in the heat.

  • Monitor your body closely for signs you may be too hot, such as headaches, dizziness, and dry mouth.

  • Remember it gets hot inside too. If you don’t have air conditioning, keep clothing light and use fans to cool rooms.

Don’t let a sunburn ruin your fun this summer!


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