The sun’s out and the weather’s hot! It’s time to head outside and have some fun in the sun, but don’t forget to consider summer safety when you play. Sunscreen and plenty of water are great ways to protect yourself against harmful UV rays. Find out what else you can do to ensure that your summer is safe!
The heat can suck moisture from your body, and if you don’t keep hydrated, you’ll be more likely to experience dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and more. To avoid these symptoms and stay alert on hot days, try drinking two to three cups of water every hour. Also, make sure you keep your skin hydrated; use sunscreen if you plan on being outside for long periods of time.
Stay Indoors on Hot Days
It might seem a little extreme, but staying indoors is better for your health when temperatures are high. Extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. You should also make sure you’re drinking plenty of water while outdoors and eating foods with high-quality salt content. If you have any medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, you may be at risk during these hotter months. It’s always best to check with your doctor before going out into extreme temperatures during summer.
Stay in an Air-Conditioned Place
An air-conditioned place is a safe place when you are in extreme heat. An air-conditioned room is safer than being outside because it will have a higher temperature and less humidity, making you feel better. A window unit can help cool down your house in minutes. Being inside also prevents dehydration from occurring and makes your body heal quicker.
Protect Your Skin and Eyes
Exposure to direct sunlight can not only age your skin and lead to premature wrinkles but can also damage your eyes. Wear a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, and don’t forget sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when you’re outside. You may need more than one layer of sunscreen depending on how long you plan on being out; for most fair-skinned people, it’s recommended that they reapply sunscreen every two hours when outside and use waterproof sunglasses whenever they are near water. To ensure your eyes are protected while enjoying outdoor activities like kayaking or swimming, try wearing UV-protective swim goggles.
Know Your Prescription’s Side Effects
Your prescription medications may give you side effects. Know the side effects of your prescriptions, and make sure to read the fine print on any over-the-counter medicines or supplements. Many people are immune to specific medication side effects, but never assume that is true for you. If you experience anything out of the ordinary, speak with your doctor. Also, it’s important not to consume alcohol while taking these meds, as the combination can increase the risk of adverse reactions even further.
Dress Appropriately Based On the Weather Forecast
While it’s tempting to skip the jacket or tie because the weather forecast is sunny and warm, it could put you at risk for illness or injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends dressing appropriately based on your location and seasonal activities. In most places, dressing in layers (that can be removed) is the best approach. Be sure that each layer wicks moisture away from your skin; synthetic fabrics like polyester will do a better job than cotton. Be sure to have at least one waterproof layer as well.