SAA Staying Healthy in Hot Weather Article

Published on April 15, 2023 under Safety Tips

To the Editor:

The Southbury Ambulance Association has developed some tips to keep the community safe during the hot weather.

As April comes around, people are traveling for spring break or just enjoying the nice weather. However, did you know the sun’s UV rays have the potential to damage your skin and even lead to skin cancer? In addition, heat strokes become increasingly more common during the summer. Here are some preventative measures to help keep you safe during the nice weather.

Long term sun exposure can lead to dry skin, sunburn and a risk of skin cancer. According to Harvard Medical School, to prevent these can apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above to protect you from UV rays. Limiting your time outdoors could also be beneficial.

The sun is at its peak around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. so try to avoid staying in direct sunlight around these times. Wearing long pants and a shirt with long sleeves can also help protect your skin from sun damage.

According to Mayo Clinic, heat strokes are caused by prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in hot weather. Untreated heat strokes can lead to brain, heart and muscle damage. Some symptoms are nausea, lightheadedness, confusion, slurred speech and fainting.

According to Cleveland Clinic, one way to help prevent heat strokes is to stay hydrated. Make sure to take breaks from being in the sun on hot days. Finally, if you start to notice signs of heat exhaustion, get to a cooler area quickly. Ice packs and cold water will help significantly. If symptoms persist, call 911 and seek medical attention.

As the warm weather rolls around, use these tips to make sure you can stay safe while enjoying the sunshine.

Nadina Bhadrasain