As we head into Memorial Day, hopefully you’ve planned a weekend full of adventure, relaxation and plenty of outdoor fun. As the summer season officially kicks off, our urgent care team wants to remind everyone to be safe in the sun! Each year we see dozens of patients who overdo it – don’t be one of them!
Sun Safety: A Shield against the Sizzle
Ah, the glorious sun! While basking in its warmth, we must remember to protect our skin from its powerful rays. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and don’t forget to reapply every couple of hours. Wear hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable clothing to provide additional coverage. Remember, a sunburned nose might bring a few laughs, but prevention is key to avoiding painful skin damage and reducing the risk of skin cancer.
Hydration: Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated
Hot weather means more sweating and increased fluid loss. Stay hydrated by sipping water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can sneak up on you and cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and even heat-related illnesses. Keep a reusable water bottle by your side and make it your trusty summer companion.
Beat the Heat: Know Your Limits
We’ve waited a long time to enjoy warm weather activities, but don’t let enthusiasm overshadow caution. Pace yourself and listen to your body. If you’re feeling overheated or exhausted, take a break in a shaded area or air-conditioned space. Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day, and if you must be outside, seek shade and use cooling measures like misting fans or wet towels.
Water Safety: Splish, Splash, Safety First
Whether it’s a pool, beach, or lake, water activities are synonymous with summer fun. But before you dive in, ensure your safety and that of your loved ones. Swim in designated areas with lifeguards present, and never swim alone. If you’re not a strong swimmer, wear a properly fitted life jacket. Keep a vigilant eye on children around water and establish clear rules and boundaries. Remember, safety should always ride the waves with you.
Insect Protection: Buzz Off, Bugs!
Bugs seem to enjoy the summer just as much as we do. Protect yourself from pesky mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET or other EPA-approved ingredients. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when spending time in wooded or grassy areas.
Stay safe, soak up the sun responsibly, and make this summer the best one yet! And if anything goes wrong, we’re here to help, you can book an appointment at Innovative-Care.com.