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How to Protect Yourself from the Sun

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun

The smell of burgers on the grill, the hum of nearby lawnmowers, and that unmistakable feeling of sunshine on your face – just three distinct pleasures of a New England summer. But before you soak up too many rays, take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s potentially damaging effects. Even lesser amounts of unprotected exposure can result in a painful sunburn, eye damage, and even skin cancer. To help prevent all that, follow these simple but important safety tips.

Protect Your Skin

Most people apply sunscreen when planning to spend hours in the sun, yet the sun’s rays can cause severe damage in very little time – even under cloudy skies. Protect your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF. Apply generously to all exposed bodily areas at least 15 minutes before heading outside.

Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours (more frequently if swimming or sweating) and don’t be shy about applying too much. Remember, the cost of a bottle of sunscreen is a small price to pay for the health of your skin. Babies 6 months old and under should not use sunscreen; keep them out of the sun if possible, or dressed in light, breathable layers of clothing.

Protect your head and face with a wide-brimmed hat and your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses. If you have red hair, fair skin, or a history of skin moles or cancer, be sure to take extra precautions.

Stay Cool

You might be tempted to plant your chair by the pool or in the sand all day, but you’ll only raise your risk of dehydration and sunburn. Take frequent breaks from the sun and drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcohol as it not only impairs your judgement but can cause dehydration. A dip in the pool might cool you down, but because water reflects the sun’s rays, it also increases your exposure.

Know the Signs

Familiarize yourself with the signs of dehydration. These include increased thirst, dizziness, weakness, dry mouth, swollen tongue, and a decrease in urine output. If you suspect mild to moderate dehydration, get out of the sun and into a cool or shaded area right away, and drink plenty of water. For severe dehydration characterized by vomiting, fever, difficulty breathing, or fainting, seek medical attention right away.

Still, no matter how cautious you are, you’re still eventually going to feel hot all over, and even more so if it’s hot and humid. And all that does is make you appreciate the cooling effects of your home central AC system. Of course, what if your system is no longer serving you effectively, energy-efficiently, or just suddenly breaks down?

Whatever the warning symptoms might be, don’t wait a minute longer before contacting Correct Temp. We are your local indoor comfort professionals here to capably serve you in hot and cold weather alike.

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun