Sunny, warm weather can have us feeling relaxed and ready to spend the days outdoors— but without proper preparation, those happy days outside can turn ugly. Here are some simple ways to keep the summer heat and sun from leading you into our emergency room.
To prevent dehydration, heat stroke, severe sunburn and more — here’s what you’ll want to do
One of the critical rules in summer sun safety is to ensure you're getting enough fluids. Choose water over sugary drinks, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. You can also add some lemon or fruit to your water for some extra flavor. Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages do not count towards hydration, so be sure to follow them with a bottle of water.
Choose Light and Loose Clothing
Avoid dark colored and tight clothing as they will hold more heat and prevent your body from sweating. Don’t forget to add a cute, wide brim hat to protect your face from sun exposure, and find a good pair of sunglasses that protect you from UV rays.
Apply and Reapply Sunscreen
One thing you should never leave home without in the summer is your sunscreen! Choose a sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF and reapply every 2 hours (whether it’s waterproof or not).
Check the weather daily (including severe heat warnings) and try to plan your activities for less hot and humid days. If you have to go outside, avoid the sun during peak hours, generally, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., regardless of the season. And choose shady spots under trees or create your own shade with umbrellas or shade canopies on the hottest days.
Make Healthy Food Choices
Believe it or not, your diet can play a big part in helping you stay relaxed and comfortable. Fruits and veggies are great for your digestive system and their high water content provides a bit of extra hydration.
To keep your summer safe and accident-free, learn how to avoid these common summer bummers.
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