Summer safety key to having fun this season

Published 9:41 am Wednesday, July 20, 2011

No one needs the TV or newspaper to tell them that it is hot outside. But many people forget that it can be dangerous, too.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) provides these tips to to ensure that your fun in the sun is safe as well.

To protect yourself from the sun:

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• Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears.

• Seek shade whenever possible.

• Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher as well as UVA and UVB protection.

• Re-apply sunscreen regularly, especially after swimming, perspiring heavily or drying skin with a towel.

• Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

• Avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

• Heavy sweating.

• Paleness.

• Muscle cramps.

• Tiredness.

• Weakness.

• Dizziness.

• Headache.

• Nausea or fainting.

So how do you prevent a problem?

• Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and caffeine; they can add to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illness.

• Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day.

Following these basic guidelines should keep you enjoying the great outdoors all season long.