Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Safety Tips for National Summer Safety Month

Fun in the Sun

Everyone enjoys a little bit of summer fun, but it’s always important to monitor the weather conditions in extreme heat—especially if you plan on being outside. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

• No matter how long you plan on being out, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
• Take water breaks every 15 minutes when working or playing outdoors – try to set up a shady or air conditioned recovery area
• Wear a hat and UV-absorbent sunglasses
• Eat small, light meals before outdoor activity

Listen to Your Body

Even after following all the necessary precautions, you should still be on the lookout for overexertion. Overexertion accounts for about 3.3 million emergency room visits a year in the United States, and symptoms can be heightened in the heat. Stop and take a break if you experience the following:

• Dizziness
• Sore or painful muscles
• Pulse higher than recommended exercise pulse for your size and physical condition
• Feeling very hot and sweating profusely
• Low abdominal pain
• Nausea

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