School is out. The weather is perfect. Summer is here. This is also the time for pool parties, beach parties, and sun bathing. Always consider taking precautions to prevent overheating and dehydration. Most importantly, protect your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays. It may take extra planning but it will also let you enjoy summer without worry. Here are some summer safety tips to remember as you spend your days in the sun and heat:
- Always wear sunscreen when sunbathing preferably SPF 15. Sunscreen is never 100 percent effective so make sure to reapply it every two hours.
- The sun is at its strongest during the hours of 10am and 4pm so try to stay in the shade.
- For a day at the beach, bring along an umbrella to limit all-day sun exposure. Wear sunglasses and hat too.
- Stay hydrated always especially when you are in your backyard pool and the beach. Dehydration can be prevented by simply drinking plenty of water.
- When it comes to babies, make sure they are wearing lightweight clothing including hats with brims. Apply suntan lotion to their face and the back of their hands.
- Apply sunscreen to younger and older children thirty minutes before going out to the pool, beach, or engaging in any activities. Ensure they have plenty of water to drink as well.
- For adults, wear light-colored cotton clothing, wear sunscreen, and sunglasses if you engage in any outdoor activity on a very hot day. Carry with you a bottle of water wherever you go for the older we get, the more likely we may suffer from dehydration.
- Limit your activity to fifteen minutes if it's a very, very hot outside. When you experience dizziness, or feeling flushed - stop. Look for a shaded area, and drink water until your body has a chance to cool down.
- Don't forget to take care of the family pets. They need plenty of water during the summer and keep them in a shaded area in the backyard. If possible, keep them indoors and limit their activity as well.
- Carry wet washcloths in a plastic bag and bring bottles of water if you are spending the day out or driving especially in high temperatures. Wet washcloths are great to have if you feel like fainting or walking for a long period of time.
Summer should be a fun time for everyone. Make it a safe summer as well as being aware of the dangers caused by overexposure to the sun. Keep in mind: Safety first, summer fun later!