Now that the warm weather is upon us, many Massachusetts residents are eagerly anticipating barbecues, road trips and some much-needed down-time. While the summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, we must also remember to be safe, especially during this recent spate of extremely hot weather.
Here are some basic tips to help you beat the heat:
- Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, which indicates you are already starting to become dehydrated.
- Dress in light, loose cotton clothing, which is cooler than most fabrics, and wear wide-brimmed hats to keep the sun from your eyes and your head cool.
- Be extra cautious in the sun and heat if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or other medical conditions. Also, take extra precaution with your medications. Certain medications cause you to sunburn more easily, and you should check with you doctor to see if that is a side-effect of any medication you are taking.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can come on quickly during intense hot spells and symptoms should be taken very seriously, especially in seniors and children who are more susceptible to fatigue from the heat. For additional information on these dangers, as well as the best energy choices for warm weather and what to do if the heat causes a power outage, visit the FCIC’s Tips for Summer Survival and EPA’s Hot Tips for a Cool Summer.
Additionally, below are tips for how to protect yourself in the sun come from the EPA Guide: The Sun, UV, and You, which is an excellent resource.
- Do Not Burn. Five or more sunburns double your risk of developing skin cancer.
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds. UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
- Generously Apply Sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
- Wear Protective Clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
- Seek Shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
The residents of the 10th Congressional District know a thing or two about tourists in the summer, but as people from across the country flock to our towns and beaches, you too may take this time as an opportunity to travel. Our nation’s capital is always a good destination with the right mix of history and recreation. If you are making the trip to DC this summer, please contact our Washington office where our staff would be happy to help you arrange tours to important monuments or just give you general information. There is a wealth of things to do in Washington, DC. To determine which sites you would like to see, please review the “