Summer is most definitely here, and it seems that the days of sunshine are set to continue for a while yet. It is essential to take the right precautions so that we all avoid the dangers of excessive heat.
With that in mind here is some advice to keep you healthy and happy in the summer sun.
5 Tips to help avoid Dehydration
1 Drink plenty of fluids–At least eight 8-oz. glasses per day.
2 Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol–Both contain substances that will cause dehydration.
3 Avoid carbonated beverages– The carbonation may cause bloating or a feeling of fullness and prevent adequate consumption of fluids.
4 Wear light colored, absorbent, loose fitting clothes–This helps prevent excessive sweating.
5 Stay in cool, shaded areas– If you must be in the sun, protect your skin with sunblock whenever possible.
To ensure our customers, especially the most vulnerable ones, are receiving adequate quantities of liquids, a log of quantities and times given may be useful.
Utilise cold water to help cool individuals in their own home, a damp cloth on the forehead and a bowl of water to soak their feet in if possible.
Keep curtains closed especially on windows that are facing the sun.
If You Go Outside
Please remember to try to avoid times when the sun is at its hottest (10am-4pm)
Ensure suntan lotion is applied, even if you are sitting in the shade or it feels cooler because of a breeze. As a minimum a lotion with an SPF of 15 which provides all round protection against UVA and UVB rays should be applied. With individuals who have especially sensitive skin then a sun block such as zinc oxide should be applied which will block the sun completely
If you are in any doubt whatsoever regarding how sensitive an individual’s skin is, seek advice from their GP.
- Apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going in the sun.
- Apply sunscreen to all the skin that will be exposed to the sun, including the nose, ears, neck, scalp, and lips. Sunscreen needs to be applied evenly over the skin and in the amount recommended on the label. Most sunscreens are not completely effective because they are not applied correctly. It usually takes about 1 fl oz (30 mL) to cover an adult's body.
- Apply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours while in the sun and after swimming or sweating a lot. The SPF value decreases if a person sweats heavily or is in water, because water on the skin reduces the amount of protection the sunscreen provides. Wearing a T-shirt while swimming does not protect your skin unless sunscreen has also been applied to your skin under the T-shirt.
Wishing you all a wonderful time in these beautiful summer days!