Summer is a time for pool parties, beach parties, and sun bathing. However, with the suns rays growing ever stronger, you should take precautions to prevent overheating and dehydration. Here are some summer safety tips as you spend your days in the sun and heat:
- When sunbathing, always wear sunscreen, preferably SPF 15. Reapply it every two hours.
- Try to stay in the shade during the hours of 10am and 4pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat when sunbathing at the beach. If possible, bring or rent an umbrella. (This is especially important if you are bringing the kids along.)
- Drink plenty of water on a hot day, either in your backyard pool, or at the beach. You want to avoid any form of dehydration. You can also buy some Gatorade or Propel.
- When exposing babies to the sun, ensure they are wearing lightweight clothing, including hats with brims. It’s also safe to apply suntan lotion to their face, and the back of their hands, as well.
- For younger and older children, apply sunscreen thirty minutes before going out to the pool, beach, or engaging in any activities. Ensure you have plenty of fluids for them to drink, as well.
- If you go to the supermarket, or engage in any outdoor activity on a very hot day, dress in light-colored cotton clothing, wear sunscreen, and sunglasses, and be sure to bring plenty of water with you. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more likely we may suffer from dehydration.
- If you and your family are participating in any physical activity, make sure you are all well hydrated. Drink liquids every 20 minutes.
- If it’s very, very hot, reduce your activity to fifteen minutes. The moment you become dizzy or flushed – stop. Go to a shaded area, and drink water until your body has a chance to cool down.
- Take care of your pets. Ensure they have plenty of water to drink, and are kept in a shaded area in your backyard. Otherwise, keep them indoors, and limit their activity as well.
- Carry wet washcloths in a plastic bag, if you are spending the day out. This is great to have if you are feeling faint, or are walking for a long period.
- When driving, especially in high temperatures, bring bottles of water and wet wash clothes, as well.
We have all felt the affects of the weather over the past couple of years. With temperatures in the 100′s, or above in most states, it’s important to follow these tips, as well as listening to the radio or news channels. Remember: Safety first, summer fun later!