- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, even on cloudy days. The SPF should be at least 15 and protect against UVA and UVB rays.
- Remember to remind older children to limit sun exposure during peak intensity hours – that’s between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It’s important to stay in the shade whenever possible.
- Before prolonged physical activity, start well-hydrated. Then, during the activity, periodic drinking should be enforced even if you or your child does not feel thirsty.
- Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s length.
- No matter how short or how close to home, whenever you or your child ride a bike, put on your helmet. Many accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets.
- Never leave children or pets in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.
- Want to beat the heat! Try replacing your electrolytes with a sports beverage or a high potassium snack such as a banana.
- Do you have a kid that just loves to have fun in the sun, no problem…just make sure they wear a hat and a light long sleeve shirt to shield away the sun’s harmful rays.
- To prevent eye damage purchase sunglasses with UV protection and make sure your glasses block 99 – 100% radiation.
- Wearing a life jacket is extremely important when on the water. Not only will it keep you safe, but it will allow you to assist others in who may be in danger.
- Always look for postings to see whether the water is safe. Then enter slowly and feet first because natural water sources very in depth and current.
- Anytime you go out on the water, be sure to give a responsible person the details. This way, if you encounter a problem, some one will be able to reach you.
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