Safe from the Sun on the Water
A day at the swimming pool or beach is part of the fun of summer. But there are steps you need to take to protect yourself from injury as you frolic in the sun and sand.
- Make sure you protect your skin with sunscreen that has a 15 or higher sun protection factor, and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible between the hours of 10 a.m and 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are most intense.
- Drink lots of water to keep your body cool. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or drinks with caffeine in them.
- Make sure you do not allow your body to become overheated. Know the signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
- Protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays with sunglasses. Your eyewear should say the glasses absorb at least 90 percent of UV sunlight.
- Make sure you have the proper footwear. Sand on the beach and sidewalk at the pool can become very hot and broken glass may present a hazard to your feet.