Staying safe in the sun

July 11, 2019 05:51 PM

When you're engaged in fun activities, it's easy to lose track of how much time you're spending out of doors. On hot days, that can lead to trouble.

Here are a couple of safety reminders so your day at the track or beach or park doesn't end with a trip to the emergency department.


First, don't forget the sunscreen! Experts say it's important to choose sunscreen with broad spectrum coverage with an SPF of at least 30. Apply about two tablespoons to the entire body 20 minutes in advance of getting outside and be sure to re-apply every 90 minutes.

If your shadow is shorter than you are, it means the UV rays are intense and you need to be extra careful.

If you are out during the heat of the day, make sure you stay hydrated. Water is your best bet and remember to avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks as those can lead to dehydration.

Don't overdo it when the temperature rises, take rest periods in the shade or go inside for a while.

If you experience cramps, headache, nausea, dizziness or other signs of heat-related illness, get out of the sun and get medical attention.

Lastly, do whatever you can to prevent insect bites and stings. Use repellents that contain 10 to 30 percent DEET and follow the instructions carefully.

If you are near heavily-wooded areas, check frequently for ticks in your scalp, neck, armpits, and behind your knees.


WNYT Staff

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