Summer is finally here and with it comes important things to remember to remain healthy and safe. Every year when the issue of summer safety arises, we have heard it all. Protect your skin, stay hydrated, and know what to wear, are just some of the simple yet important summer safety tips that can help make a difference in our lives and the lives of those we serve. The reason these summer safety tips are so important to highlight, is because heat related illnesses and deaths occur every year and can be avoided.
Tips to Remember
Heat-related illnesses occur when the heat level in the body is greater than the amount it can normally release.
- Mild weakness
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Heat cramps
- Heat edema
- Heat syncope (fainting)
- Heat exhaustion
Stay hydrated by drinking water and sports drinks with electrolytes. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as it can cause dehydration.
Wear lightweight clothing made of cotton or linen. Avoid wearing dark colored clothes in the summer that can make you feel hotter. Be sure to wear a hat and sunglasses for outdoor activities to protect your eyes and face from the sun.
It is best to use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher when out in the sun. Reapply according to the directions provided on the sunscreen. Look for sunscreens that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels as these products work best.
If you have to be outside, try to stay in the shade. For outdoor activities it is best to go out early in the morning or late afternoon. Carrying a portable misting fan can also help to stay cool when outdoors in an area without shade.
For more tips and information:
Heat Emergency Hotline at PCA: (215) 765-9040
DBHIDS Heat Safety Policy: https://www.pchc.org/images/PDFs/News-Events/In-the-News/Heat_Safety_Packet_2018.pdf