As we approach the end of National Safety Month and with the summer heating up fast, this blog post is all about summer heat safety!
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, relax on the beach, and work on your tan.
But, the summer also means hot weather and blistering sunlight.
It’s so easy to spend hours out in the sun and forget to put on your sun block or drink enough water. Heat-related illnesses claim hundreds of lives every summer and it’s important to take every precaution when working or playing outside during the hot summer months (1).
That being said, here are some summer heat safety tips to keep you active and hydrated all summer long!
- Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing (dark colors absorb sunlight).
- Try to do vigorous activities in the cooler parts of the day.
If you need to be outside during the hottest parts of the day, or you plan on hitting the beach or other outdoor activities, try to avoid getting sunburned when possible.
Some ways to prevent sunburn are:
- Seek shade.
- Cover up with lightweight clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Wear a hat to protect your face, nose, ears, and neck
- Wear sunglasses that provide both UVA/UVB protection
- Use sunscreen with SPF greater than 15 with both UVA/UVB protection
Also, always check your back seats and make sure all pets and children haven’t been left in the car. The car gets significantly hotter during the summer and many summer related heat deaths are from children being forgotten in the car for extended periods of time.
These tips can be used to get the most out the hot summer months ahead.
Be sure to check out our “Check Your Backseat” stickers that are included in all your orders the next few months.
Have a happy and safe summer!
For more information about summer heat safety check out: cdc.gov