Sun Safety

Monday, July 23, 2012

Warm weather means activities and fun in the sun. Whether youre outside for an hour or most of the day, there are precautions you should take to protect yourself from the heat and damaging rays of the sun. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips on how to stay safe in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many people like to spend time outside in the sun for fun or work, but overexposure to the sun can damage the skin and could cause skin cancer. Here are some ways to protect yourself from the sun when youre outside on a hot, sunny day.

Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the suns energy. It is also a good idea to wear a hat or to use an umbrella.

Wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. Make sure children are adequately protected.

Drink water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it in the morning when it is cooler.

Take frequent breaks in the shade or in a cool environment.

If you recognize that you, or someone else, are showing the signs of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place.

Remember, have fun, but stay cool.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.