The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer. It’s summertime in Oklahoma. From the newest technology in clothing to great guides for all ages in sun protection, we have many tips to safely enjoy these summer months!
First things first, check the expiration date on your sunblock. DO NOT use if expired. If you are needing to purchase sunscreen, make sure it has UVA/UVB protection and is at least SPF 30. This applies to adults, children are different. Children aged 0-6 months should avoid sun exposure and sunblocks are not made for them because of their skin’s sensitivity. For children older than 6 months, a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide is suggested. And EVERYONE should reapply sunblock every hour, being extra careful when exposed to water.
Remember the times between 10am and 4pm the sun is at its strongest. For further protection, there is great clothing now that has built-in technology, helping to block the sun. Also add sunglasses and hats for overall protection. And don’t be fooled by cloud cover. In fact, sun protection should be a year round, everyday routine!
Whether you own a pool, visit the lake, or have a vacation planned for the beach, there are important guidelines for enjoying water activities safely.
-Start swim lessons at an early age.
-Consider becoming CPR certified.
-Never swim alone.
-Swim in designated areas.
-Wear life jackets on all watercraft.
-Know and set limits with time in water.
-Avoid water activities after drinking alcohol.
-Whenever possible, have an accessible phone close by.
When temps are 90 degrees or higher, our bodies can become susceptible for heat illness if they are unable to cool down. Your chances increase when humidity is present.
It is crucial to stay hydrated during hot days. Water is the best choice and also drinks that contain electrolytes, helping salt depletion. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol will dehydrate you and should be avoided. Also, wear light-colored, lightweight clothing, during summer days, that doesn’t restrict.
Importantly, certain medications can inhibit the body from normal heat protection. These can include diuretics, blood thinners, antibiotics, allergy medications, medicine for seizures, and some antidepressants. We will be happy to discuss all your medications with you for your peace of mind.
There are two events with overheating…heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, pale or cold skin, muscle cramping, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, weakness, confusion, and rapid heartbeat. In addition to those, heatstroke signs are fainting, flushed skin, lack of sweating, difficulty breathing, and seizures. Both events require immediate attention. Move to a shaded or cooler spot. Lie with feet elevated slightly to move blood to heart. Apply cool towels and rehydrate by sipping water. If symptoms do not improve within 30 minutes, or if seizures and/or fainting occurs, call 9-1-1.
Always safety first, then you can FULLY enjoy your summer activities! And if you have any questions regarding summer safety, do not hesitate to give us a call.