Here are some tips to help make your outdoor activity this summer a safe and healthy one:
- Stay hydrated - Drink lots of water or other non-alcoholic beverages. Drink 2-4 glasses (16-32 oz.) every hour.
- Light apparel – Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Choose clothing that is lighter in color because dark clothing absorbs more heat.
- Stay shady – Find and remain in shade during midday (10am to 4pm) when the UV rays are strongest and most damaging.
- Wear a hat – Wide brim hats offer shade to the face, head, ears, and neck.
- Avoid sunburn – Apply sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection (broad spectrum).
- Stay cool – If there is no air conditioning in your home, visit public places like the mall, library, or community relief shelter for a few hours.
- Limit outdoor exercise to morning or evening hours
- NEVER leave anyone, especially infants, children, or animals in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Safe grilling – Never let raw meat, cooked food, or cut fruits and vegetables sit in room temperature for more than 2 hours before putting them in a refrigerator or a cooler.
- Hand washing – Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food.
If you are concerned about what to do in the heat, please stop by your HealthPoint clinic. For additional tips, check out the link below.