Summer is a great time to get outside, be more physically active and enjoy various exciting seasonal activities and events. Like so many things, however, you can sometimes get too much of a good thing— too much sun, too much heat, too many bugs. Always put safety first and take the necessary precautions for a safe and enjoyable summer.
A big part of staying safe in the heat and sun is being prepared. Have an idea of how long you will be out in the sun and the heat, and then plan accordingly. Here are some quick tips to remember:
Dehydration is a safety concern, especially during the summer months. Be sure to drink enough liquids throughout the day, as our bodies can lose a lot of water through perspiration when it gets hot out. Drinking plenty of water can be part of good nutrition, too. Snacking on water-rich foods like raw fruits and vegetables can also help keep you hydrated.
Without enough fluids, you may experience dehydration. Look for these signs:
Learn more on the MedlinePlus Dehydration page.
Keep an eye out for those most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat, sun, or dehydration—especially young children, older adults, and pets. And, never leave people or animals in a car on a hot day, even with the windows cracked.
For more information, visit the CDC Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness page.
Swimming is an enjoyable way to both cool off and get some exercise, but it also takes extra precautions and vigilance. To lower the risk for water-related injuries or accidents:
For more information, visit the CDC Water-Related Injuries page.