HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE SUMMER HEAT
July 9, 2018
Following one of the most brutal heatwaves New York has ever had, it is important to remember safety.
The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which is important in keeping the body healthy. However, if you spend more than fifteen minutes in the sun, you risk serious issues to your skin. As a result it is important to apply sunscreen. Doctors recommend an SPF of at least 30 in order to keep your skin healthy.
Your body needs a lot of water in order to function. On an average day, roughly eight cups is required. But when you’re active and sweating, and especially if you’re out in the heat, your body will need more in order to keep your skin cool. When your skin is wet, it feels cooler and sweat takes some of your body heat away as it evaporates. This is why it’s important to drink water when it’s hot outside in order to replenish your fluids throughout the day.
If you're stuck outside and can't get indoors to cool down, you may be at a risk for serious issues in the excessive heat. It's possible to get heat cramps or a heat stroke. If you feel something like this happening to you, try to rest, get somewhere cooler, and get water. If the situation gets too severe, do not hesitate about calling 9-1-1. It could save your life.