Those of us who live in the South are pretty familiar with hot weather, but as we get into the dog days of summer, the heat can become excessive and oppressive. All the normal rules for heat and sun safety apply, but as temperatures soar, you may need to take more extreme measures to stay cool and safe.
Here are some important things to remember:
Listen to local news and weather channels
for health, safety and weather-related updates, including heat warnings, watches and advisories.
Follow the guidance from local officials, and make your plans accordingly, if possible.
Slather up with sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed areas of skin about 30 minutes
before going outside. Look for a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
Reapply every two hours while in the sun, or right after swimming or sweating. Protect your lips
with lip balm that has SPF 30 or higher.
Seek shelter in cool areas.
Air-conditioning is the best form of protection against heat and
sun-related illness, so try to spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned spaces. If you must
be outside for periods of time, stay in shady spots and take breaks in public areas, such as shopping
malls, public libraries and restaurants.
Wear the right clothing and gear.
Choose lightweight, light-colored and breathable fabrics. Hats
and umbrellas can be used to limit exposure to harmful sun rays. Wear sunglasses that provide
protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Drink lots of fluids.
Water will be your best bet in staying hydrated. Just because of the extreme
heat, you will need more fluids, regardless of your activity level. Fluids should be drunk before,
during and after being out in the heat.
Know how to identify heat-related illnesses.
Learn symptoms and signs of heat and sun-related
illnesses/conditions such as heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps, and severe sunburn. If anyone shows
these symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately.
By following these tips, we can hopefully all make it safety through the summer heat. We are
already looking forward to fall weather!
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