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Sun Safety

How to stay safe in the sun and during extreme heat

  • Use reminders to make sure you never leave children and pets alone in enclosed vehicles. You can also leave some essential item, like your cell phone or one of your shoes, with them to remind you to look before you leave and lock the car.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Limit drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which are dehydrating.
  • Eat small meals more often instead of two or three large meals.
  • Be aware of any medicine you are taking that may make you more heat or sun sensitive. This can be a side effect.
  • Cover up: Wear sunglasses, hats and loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothes.
  • Put on sunscreen before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy days. Make sure you reapply as needed – check the label on the sunscreen to see how long it lasts.
  • Avoid tiring exercise (cardio workouts, mowing the lawn) outdoors during the hottest part of the day.
  • If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade, drink lots of water and use a buddy system so no one is alone in the heat.
  • Wear sunglasses outside to protect your eyes from UV rays - even when it's cloudy outside.