Sun Safety Basics

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by Ashton Service Group
sun safety

It is always smart to revisit and remind yourself of basic sun safety tips when the hot summer weather arrives. Keep in mind these 5  tips:

1. Cover up.

It seems like the opposite but wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat made from breathable fabrics will help keep you cool and avoid any sunburns. When buying sunglasses make sure they have protection against UVA and UVB rays.

2. Limit your time in the sun.

Stay out of the sun and heat between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sun and UV rays are at their strongest during this time. If you are outside during this time look for places with shade like patios or under trees.

3. Check the UV Index.

Tune to your local radio and TV stations or online like the Weather Network to find out what the index is expected for the day.  When the UV index is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

4. Use sunscreen.

Apply sunscreen when the UV index is 3 or more. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB) that has an SPF of 15+. Choose a water resistant product if you will be in or around the water and remember to reapply often!

5. Drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirsty.

Stay cool and hydrated to avoid heat stroke. Dehydration (not having enough fluids in your body) is dangerous and combined with the heat will leave you susceptible to heat stroke causing you to feeling fatigue, nauseous, head aches and body aches.

Share Button