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The Summer Sun Safety Guide

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Jun 22, 2018

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A carport is a great way to block the sun from your rv or golf cart.

Swimming, canoeing, hiking, and barbecuing are just a few of the fun things we all like to do in the summertime. But as you go out and enjoy the summer days to come, keep some rules in mind for staying safe in the sun.

Facts About Sunscreen

Getting the right sunscreen can help protect your skin out in the sunshine. It's best to choose sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 30 or higher. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 does an excellent job of protecting your skin from UVB rays. In addition, use sunscreen that is water-resistant, so you don't have to reapply it every time you get out of the swimming pool. Apply sunscreen approximately 15 minutes before going outside so it has a chance to soak into your skin and provide protection. You already know to put sunscreen on your face, shoulders, neck, back, arms, and legs. And to protect your lips, apply lip balm with an SPF of 15.

When Should I Avoid Going Out in the Sun?

The sun's rays are the strongest from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. Of course, most people like to spend time outside during this period, but the best advice is to limit your time outdoors during these hours. If you do spend the day canoeing or swimming, be sure to apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to protect your skin. Wearing a hat with a brim, a cover-up over your bathing suit, and sneakers can also help protect your skin.

Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke

On a beautiful summer day, it's easy to get overheated without realizing it. You may feel like going for a long hike, cutting the lawn, or weeding the garden and fail to consider the extreme temperatures of the day. I suggest carrying a full bottle of water with you at all times, so you're constantly taking in fluids. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two serious heat-related illnesses. Someone with heat exhaustion may feel nauseous, fatigued, confused, and excessively thirsty. If a person is experiencing these symptoms, get them to lie down in the shade. If they have any tight or heavy clothing on, remove it, and give them some cool water. Someone with heat stroke can experience those same symptoms as well as a rapid heartbeat, dry skin, shortness of breath, and convulsions. Call an ambulance if you think someone is suffering from heat stroke. In the meantime, put the person in the shade, sponge their skin with cool water, and put a fan on them.

Treating a Sunburn

If you do get a sunburn, one way to lessen the pain is to take frequent cool showers. Also, apply moisturizing lotion with aloe to your skin. Drink lots of cool water, and if blisters form on your skin, let them heal naturally. Wear light clothing over sunburned areas when you go outside so your skin doesn't suffer more damage.

How Do I Help a Pet That's Overheated?

Like their owners, pets can also become overheated. Excessive panting, dry gums, and vomiting are all signs that your dog or cat is overheated. If you see these symptoms, take your pet inside and give it some cool water to drink. Also, place cool, wet towels on its neck, under its legs, and on its ears and paws. If you don't see any improvement, take your dog or cat to the vet for treatment right away.

Be aware of how you, your kids, and your pets are feeling to make sure that you have a safe summer while you make some fun memories with your family! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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