As summer approaches, we will all be enjoying the sun more during outdoor activities. It is important to protect yourself and your family from skin damage and life threatening situations caused by heat stress. Follow these safety tips during the summer and year round to stay safe and protected.
- Did you know the sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm? It's a good precaution to use sunscreen protection (at least SPF 15) on your skin every day – make it part of your daily skin care routine.
- Keep a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses in your car, for sports events, family outings and more. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts.
- Keep very young children (6 months or younger) out of the sun.
- Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.
Heat Stress Prevention
- Wear loose fitting, lightweight, light colored clothing.
- Avoid sunburn.
- If temperatures rise, seek a cooler place, even if just for a few hours.
- Stay hydrated and avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Let your body acclimate to the heat before engaging in any strenuous activity.
- NEVER leave a child alone in a vehicle. The inside of a vehicle heats up very quickly, and a child's body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body.