It’s finally summertime! That means most will opt to celebrate the season outdoors. Soaking in the sun can mean being out by the pool, beach vacations, cookouts, and other outdoor activities. However, when having fun in the sun it should also be second nature to take steps to protect yourself from UV radiation. Whether you’ve got a vacation coming up or simply spending time outside, we’ve got you covered! Safeguard yourself and your family this summer and stay healthy with sun safety tips and recommendations from the Cotton Safety Team.
- Cover up. Shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays by wearing long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, and breathable pants. All fabrics block UV rays to some degree, but for the most effective protection invest in outdoor clothing that carries an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating. The UPF rating measures how well different fabrics block UV rays. The most effective UPF rating is from 15 to more than 50.
- Plan around the sun. It’s imperative to limit direct sun exposure during peak sun times between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM. Plan your outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day when the sun is lower in the sky. If you’re going to be outside during this time, take plenty of breaks in the shade to cool off. Take caution not to let your body overheat.
- Stay hydrated. Proper hydration is essential for your overall health and the recommended water consumption for the average person is six to eight glasses per day. Drinking enough water is especially important when it’s a scorcher outside. When the skin burns, it loses a lot of fluid. With warmer temperatures, consider the additional water your body loses. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you will become dehydrated.
- Protect your eyes. Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory; they can protect your eyes from UV rays. Extended exposure to UV rays from the sun can lead to extensive eye damage and this risk is greater at the beach because of reflection off the sand and water. Wear protective sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light. The shades you opt for should reduce glare, protect your entire eye area, be comfortable to wear and don’t distort color.
- Don’t ignore your sunburn. Now we know you didn’t mean to get sunburned, but if you do it’s essential to properly treat it. Practice post “fry-day” by staying hydrated, taking a cool bath, and applying moisturizer regularly. Minimize risk by taking over the counter hydrocortisone and stay out of the sun while your sunburn heals.
Make this summer one to remember and take all the precautions to be mindful of your family staying sun-safe. From all of us at Cotton, where safety is our top priority, we wish you a safe and wonderful summer with your loved ones!