Safety & Risk Management

Summer Safety Tips

Skin Safety

There is fun to be had in the sun, but it's important to protect your skin. Take these basic steps to protect yourself and your family against risk of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.

  • Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, and apply at least 20-30 minutes before going outside.
  • UV rays are weakest before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Plan activities during these times.
  • Skin does not have to feel hot to get burned, so protect yourself even on cloudy days.
  • Wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water and juice. Alcohol consumption may cause dehydration.
  • Protect your arms and legs with loose fitting, tightly woven cotton clothing.
  • Stay indoors during extremely hot temperatures.

Heat Safety

Heat Can Lead to Serious Illness

Heat illnesses can be deadly. In extreme heat situations, sometimes your body's temperature control systems can't keep up. When that happens, your body temperature gets dangerously high. As a result, you are at greater risk of serious heat illness, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunburn.

How to protect yourself:

  • STAY COOL. Stay inside, in air-conditioning if you can, or in cool places such as basements. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Take cool showers. Sleep without sheets. Draw the shades to keep out morning and afternoon sun.
  • STAY HYDRATED. Drink more water than usual, especially if exercising or active outdoors. Be proactive, don't wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine because they make you lose water.
  • LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Take it easy. Reduce exercise and limit it to the cooler parts of the day. If you feel sick, ask for help. Stop what you are doing if you feel faint or weak. Heat can worsen existing chronic health conditions.
  • DON'T BE A STRANGER. Check on your loved ones and neighbors, especially if they are elderly or have chronic health conditions. Make sure they are drinking enough water and are staying cool. Remind them to take heat seriously!
  • NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN, ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES, OR PETS IN A PARKED VEHICLE. Just don't do it. The sun can turn a vehicle into an oven within minutes, even if it doesn't feel hot outside.