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Keeping Summer Breezy and Fun

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.

Heat and Sun Safety

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:

  • Limit your outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package
  • Pace your activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing that protects your skin
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • If possible, take breaks from the heat and sun in a shady or air-conditioned location

For more information, visit the CDC Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather! and Sun Safety pages.

Staying Hydrated

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:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramping
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Foggy thinking

Learn more on the MedlinePlus Dehydration page.

Watch Out for Others

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.

Water Safety

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:

  • Always have adult supervision for children who are in or around water
  • Do not swim alone, and swim near lifeguards whenever possible
  • Learn to swim
  • If you have difficulty swimming, wear a life jacket when participating in water-related activities
  • Wear a life jacket when boating
  • Know local weather conditions and forecasts before swimming or boating

For more information, visit the CDC Water-Related Injuries page.