Top Tips To Stay Safe This Summer

Top Tips To Stay Safe This Summer
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    It’s summertime.

    For college students, that means that even if you are taking a few classes or working, you likely still are spending a lot of time outdoors, having fun and relaxing. It’s important to remain safe under the sun.


Young adults are often carefree, and that’s a fantastic attitude to have. Yet, to maintain your health, protect your skin and still have fun, you’ll want to incorporate a few key tips into your routine.

Learn What Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke Are

When does “hot” become “too hot”? When a body no longer can cope with hot temperatures, it can develop one of two conditions, both of which are serious and require immediate attention: Heatstroke and heat exhaustion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat exhaustion leads to heavy sweating, a fast but weak pulse, weakness overall, and cold or clammy skin.

If this occurs, move to a cooler location, lie down and apply a cool, wet cloth. Sip water. With heatstroke, the body temperature has risen to 103 degrees, and the victim has hot, red and dry or moist skin. This condition, which is a medical emergency that warrants calling 911, also involves a rapid and strong pulse and, in some cases, unconsciousness. After calling 911, move the individual to a cooler location and use cool cloths to reduce the individual’s body temperature. Don’t give fluids.

Monitor Conditions in Your Car

A car can become very hot, too. When it does, it can be unsafe for anyone, including healthy, young adults. There are several things you can do when you are in a car on a hot day, such as on a road trip. Here are some rules to remember from the Red Cross:

  • Never, ever leave children or pets in a vehicle when temperatures are hot. The temp inside the car can reach 120 degrees or hotter within minutes.
  • If you are in a hot car, have cool drinks on hand at all times. Avoid alcoholic or caffeine-based drinks.
  • Keep clothing loose fitting. Wear clothing that’s lightweight whenever possible.
  • Whenever possible, operate the air conditioning or keep windows open. If you have to sit in a still car for a long period of time, ensure you have the ability to get out to move around and into the shade.

Enjoy the Summer Safely

You don’t have to allow the heat to limit what you do in many cases. You just have to take steps to keep everyone protected from the sun’s rays and the heat. Here’s how:

  • Avoid dark clothing, which absorbs the sun’s rays more than lighter colors.
  • The American Cancer Society recommends using protection against the sun’s UV rays, which can cause burns and lead to skin cancer. The organization recommends using a sunblock with an SPF rating of not less than 30.
  • Don’t go alone. If you are running in the park, going for a hike or spending time outdoors just relaxing, take someone with you. The heat can make you sick quickly. You’ll want someone nearby to help you get the help you need.
  • Avoid exercising in the heat. Strenuous exercise outdoors when the temperature is high is never a good idea.
  • Seek shade or make your own. For example, if you are going to the park for a day of studying or hanging out with friends, invest in a few large shade umbrellas. Put them in place and you’ll cool down the area you’ll be sitting in by several degrees — and you’ll be protecting your skin while you do it.

Most importantly, take it easy. This summer, temperatures could climb to levels that are just not safe. Whether you use a weather app on your phone or just check the news, never head outdoors for long periods of time unless you know what to expect from the weather. By doing this, you’ll not only enjoy yourself more fully, but you’ll also reduce the risk of hospitalization as a result of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The summer is time for fun, but it has to be safe fun.

About the author:
Brent Derbecker is National Sales Manager of Superior Skyspan. The company uses precision engineering to design umbrellas and shade structures for your comf


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