Summer is the time to be outside, whether you enjoy sports, walking, running, swimming or sitting on the porch with a good book. A few simple steps can enhance warm weather pleasure and minimize the possibility of injury or illness. We have heard these before, but they are always worth reviewing.
Respect the power of the sun. Apply sunscreen liberally and often, especially after perspiring or swimming. Even when using sunscreen, minimize your sun exposure. Many skin cancers are directly related to sun exposure.
Cloudy days can fool you. The sun’s burning rays go right through the clouds but your body does not get as hot so you will tend to stay outside longer. Be cautious about the time you spend in the water. You will feel cool but continue to burn.
Dehydration is a concern, especially if physically active. Drink water frequently. If your urine is becoming increasingly yellow, you are getting behind in your fluids. Use extra caution with the elderly.
- Strong sunlight can cause damage to the eyes. Wear glasses with Ultraviolet light protection.
- Never leave a barbecue unattended.
- Be extremely judicious in your use of alcohol.
- ALWAYS swim with a buddy. It’s safer and more fun.
- Eat hot dogs. They offer no protection against summer hazards but they are delicious.