Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Safety Tips

By Staci Brandenburg, R.N. 

The kids are out of school and the weather is warm, which brings people outside! Before going out into the heat, there are some basic safety tips that every person should know.  Here are a list of a few I find important:

  • Drink 2 eight ounce glasses of water 2-3 hours before going outside.
  • Protect your skin! 
    • Use sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF that protects agains both UVA and AVB rays at least 20 minutes before going outside. Put it on again every 2 hours if you are staying outside. 
    • Wear tightly woven long sleeve shirts and long pants, a hat, and sunglasses when out in the sun. 
    • Keep drinking water when outside. Swallow ten big swallows, about 10 ounces of water, every 15-20 minutes when outside. 
  • Stay away from drinks like soda that have caffeine, sugar, and carbonation. 

Try to stay out of the heat during the day between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.  It's the hottest part of the day!

Have a fun and safe time outdoors!

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