Playing outdoors is one of the highlights of summer-time. Whether you’re at the park, a backyard BBQ, swimming, hiking, working in the yard or just soaking up some vitamin D, the likelihood that you’ll spend hours in the sun is high. As a society, we’ve become more aware and hyper-vigilant about guarding against sun exposure by increasing our sunscreen usage and protecting our skin with hats and long sleeves. But there are other risks posed by time in the sun, including dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Here are some facts:
All of these sun/heat-related illnesses can be prevented. Here are some tips:
Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious risks anytime you spend time in the sun, but they don’t have to stop you from enjoying the summer. Awareness and prevention are more than half the battle. Be safe, be smart, and have fun!