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Sun Safety Tips

According to the EPA, Americans spend 93% of their life indoors. This means that only about 12 hours a week are spent outside our offices, cars, and homes. While it’s no doubt great to get outside, there are precautions that we need to take to stay safe in the sun and heat.

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The Need for Sun Safety

Every year, 2,800 Americans are hospitalized for heat stress illnesses and related complications. These conditions usually occur in the most vulnerable populations which include children, the elderly, athletes, outdoor workers, and people with chronic health conditions or taking certain medications. While heat-related illness can happen at any time of the year, we are more susceptible in the spring or summer months as temperatures climb into the higher digits.

General Sun Safety

It’s important to wear light and loose clothing made of natural fibers like cotton or linen when outdoors. Rehydration plans are also important in cooling the body and replenishing fluids lost through sweat due to heat and physical activity.

Staying in the shade and out of direct sun between 10 AM and 2 PM or taking regular breaks in air conditioned areas can also lessen the risk for heat stress illness.

Avoid Over-Exertion

Parents and caregivers need to pay close attention to children and older adults to make sure that they take frequent breaks to cool off, rehydrate, and refuel. Additionally, sports teams should also schedule out regular water breaks when practicing or conditioning athletes outdoors.

Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for our body and keeps all systems functioning optimally. When we get dehydrated due to illness, heat, or excessive sweating, our bodies don’t work as well or cool down as efficiently. Therefore it’s of the utmost importance to stay properly hydrated.

Remember to regularly drink electrolyte-replenishing beverages before you get thirsty.