Summer Safety Tips
The sun is shining. The kids are out of school. It’s time to pack up the pool bag because summer is here! As much as we love to soak up the sun on a hot summer day, it’s important to remember to protect your skin from the harmful and damaging rays. Here are a few friendly reminders of best practices for the summer sun:
- Apply sunblock SPF 30+ every two hours or after swimming
- Wear SPF-protected clothing or a t-shirt or cover-up when needed
- Wide-brimmed hats help keep the sun off your face and head
- Find shade – whether you’re out at the pool or picnicking
Did you know that sunblock has an expiration date? The ingredients in the sunblock can stop working after 3 years, so be sure to check the bottle.
If you or a loved one gets sunburnt, apply cold compresses and aloe to soothe the pain. Don’t forget to apply lotion daily to moisturize the damaged skin.
Notably, being in the sun can take a lot of energy out of you. Make sure to always drink plenty of water – drink up to a gallon of water in the hot summer heat and don’t push yourself to exhaustion. Take mini-breaks throughout your workout or family outing and assess how you feel.
Lastly, it’s never OK to leave a child or pet alone in the car. Temperatures can reach up to 130° within a matter of minutes.
We hope you have a fun, safe and healthy summer!