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Summer heat safety tips

July 24, 2013

With the arrival of this summer’s warm and sunny weather, many of us will be spending more time outdoors. It’s important to remember that too much sun can cause health problems ranging in severity from simple sunburn to heat stroke.  Some tips to having fun in the sun safely:

  1. Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing.  Baggy clothing preferred.
  2. Minimize the amount of skin surface exposed to sunlight.  Use a sunscreen with a SPF 15 (minimum).  Use heavier a heavier sunscreen if you are fair skinned.
  3. Wear a broad brimmed hat.
  4. Drink plenty of water.  Sports drinks with electrolyte replacements are useful.  Avoid beverages with alcohol or caffeine.
  5. Avoid eating heavy meals.
  6. Work or play at a steady pace.  Avoid overexertion.
  7. Take breaks out of direct sunlight in shaded areas.
  8. Ask your physician if your prescription medications have an impact on your being exposed to direct sunlight.

Get into a cool indoor area if you experience:   

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Weakness, mood changes, irritability or confusion
  • Feeling sick to your stom­ach, vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Decreased and dark-colored urine
  • Pale, clammy skin 

Please contact Bob Tomlin, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, if you have any questions or concerns.

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