Summer brings a lot of fun in the sun, but there are also several risk factors that come with the heat. Here are some safety tips to help you protect yourself and your loved ones this summer:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. Shoot for early mornings or late evenings.
  • Do not leave a child or pet enclosed in a hot car.
  • Take time to rest in shaded areas if outside for long periods of time.
  • Drink electrolytes.
  • Wear loose clothing.
  • Avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks that dehydrate you.
  • Limit sun exposure.
  • Wear sunscreen with at least 15+ SPF. Be sure to reapply throughout the day.
  • Avoid bug infested areas.
  • After coming indoors, check for ticks.
  • Use bug repellent spray.
  • Know the effects of medications you are taking. Many have side effects of sun sensitivity.
  • Keep updated on the heat index and other weather reports.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage.