Risk Tip

Summer Safety

As the temperature increases, it is important to remember to take adequate precautions against too much exposure to the sun or heat. The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure during hot days. Keep in mind the following:

  • Air conditioning is a good way to cool off
  • Drink more liquid than you think you need
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing, and a hat
  • Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks
  • Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day
  • Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself
  • Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body
  • Acclimatize to the heat by gradual exposure

 

Sunburn- a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue such as skin that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun.

Heat Rash- a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather when sweat ducts become blocked and swell; often leading to discomfort and itching. It is mostly common in children and infants.

Heat Cramps-muscle spasms that result from loss of large amount of salt and water through exercise or other physical activity.

Heat Exhaustion-a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of the body overheating. 

Heat Stroke is a condition caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures.

 

UV IndexDescriptionRecommended ProtectionSun Burn Time
0-2 No danger to the average person Wearinga  Hat and/or Sunglasses is Sufficient   1 Hour+
3-5 Little risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure  Wear a Hat and SUnglasses. Use SPV 15+ Sunscreen  40 Minutes 
6-7 High risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure  Wear a Hat and Sunglasses. Use SPF 30+ Sunscreen. Cover thh Body With Clothing. Avoid the Sun if Possible  30 Minutes 
8-10 Very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure  Wear a Hat and Sunglasses. Use SPF 30+ Sunscreen. Cover thh Body With Clothing. Avoid the Sun if Possible  20 Minutes 
11+ Extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure Take ALl Precautions Possible. It is Advised to Stay Indoors  Less Than 15 Minutes 

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