Safety in the Summer Sun

Precautions should be taken year-round to protect your skin from the harsh effects of the sun. This is especially important in the summertime when the sun is at its hottest. Aside from sunburns, heatstroke and dehydration are additional hazards to watch out for. With a few safety steps and by planning ahead you can avoid sunburns and sun-related issues.

The best way to prevent sunburns, heatstroke and dehydration is to stay out of the sun. But that isn’t practical or very fun! Buy sunscreen that is specifically made for children and be sure to apply it at least 30 minutes prior to going outside. This gives the sunscreen time to work. Once outside, reapply every two hours or more frequently if there is swimming or a sprinkler involved.

Once outside, a hat is still important. Ideally the hat will cover the face, ears and the back of the neck – all very sensitive body parts that are prone to getting burnt. Wearing a hat will also protect you against heatstroke.

Staying out of the sun from 11:00 a.m. until after 2:00 p.m. is the best prevention. This is the hottest time of the day and when the sun is at its peak. By avoiding the outdoors at this time of day you can help prevent sun-related illnesses. Avoiding the sun isn’t the only solution; it is being smart when you are out in it.

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