Remember the basics to maximize summer fun. Taking some precautions can avoid losing treasured moments to over exposure from sun or heat.
Stay hydrated. Before heading outdoors, drink a full glass of water. Take water with you and continue to drink.
Keep cool. Plan activities for early morning or evening when the sun is not as hot. In extreme heat, seek shelter or shade.
Protect your skin. Aside from increased risk of skin cancer and premature aging, sun burn also contributes to dehydration. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection of SPF15 or higher.
Keep it dry. Summertime cocktails can be refreshing, but also leads quickly to dehydration and higher risk of accidents. When possible, dilute drinks and alternate with a full glass of water.
STEPS TO COOL THE BODY FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION:
- Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
- Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
- Seek a cooled or air-conditioned environment.
- Wear lightweight clothing.
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” Charles Bowden