- Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen over your whole body 30 minutes before going outside. The higher the SPF, the better it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours.
- The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., even if it’s cloudy. Seek protection with beach umbrellas, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Each adult needs almost a gallon of water or other fluids per day to stay fully hydrated if you’re physically active or exposed to hot conditions.
- Drinking alcohol can impair your judgment and speeds up the dehydration process. The sweating, vomiting and diarrhea that can go hand-in-hand with too much drinking can result in even further dehydration.
- A small first aid kit can help prevent minor mishaps from spoiling your day. Make sure your kit includes aloe gel for sunburn relief, triple-antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, waterproof bandages, hydrocortisone cream for insect bites, hand sanitizer, insect repellent and a cold pack for swelling.
- Some beaches, lakes or rivers allow or rent kayaks, canoes or motorized watercraft. Make sure all boat passengers wear appropriately fitting life jackets.
- Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including lake shores. Be aware of the daily water conditions and the location of the closest lifeguard. If you get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it. Remain calm. Swim or float parallel to shore. Once out of the current, swim toward shore.
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