Fun in the sun safety tips

There are few things more refreshing than enjoying a beautiful sunny day especially after being quarantined inside. Before soaking up that vitamin D, make sure that you take the necessary safety precautions.

Stay hydrated

  • A simple guide is drinking eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day
  • Increased water intake may be required during times of increased sweating
  • Drink when you are thirsty

Take frequent rest breaks

Hyperthermia occurs when your body temperature is elevated (> 104°F). Be aware of the following:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Exhaustion
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Flushed or red skin
  • Muscle cramps, spasms, and pain
  • Headache or mild lightheadedness
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you do get too much sun or heat exposure, make sure that your move to a cooler environment and rehydrate. These additional steps may also be helpful:

  • Cool the skin
  • Apply a moisturizer, lotion or gel
  • Leave small blisters intact
  • Consider an over-the-counter pain reliever (take only as directed and consider your health restrictions)

Wear sunscreen

Wear sunscreen that is at least 30 – 50 SPF (sun protective factor).

Did you know skin cancer is:

  • The most common cancer in the world
  • Mostly preventable (90% are caused by sun exposure)
  • Not just something for adults to pay attention to (protection from the sun is especially important in children)

What to do should you get a bad sunburn:

  • Take ibuprofen or something similar for pain and redness
  • Gently cleanse blisters with mild soap and water
  • Seek medical care if experiencing extensive blistering burns, severe pain, or fever

How to enjoy fun in the sun safely:

  • Avoid the peak hours of the day (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Remember to SLIP SLOP SLAP before you go out:
    • SLIP on a shirt
    • SLOP on the sunscreen
    • SLAP on a hat