How to Prevent Sun Poisoning & Dehydration

While you’re soaking up all that vitamin D during the dog days of summer, you still want to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  In this case, there’s more than one way to keep your cool.  

Protect your skin.

For best results, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously 15-20 minutes before heading outdoors.

Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or more often if you go for regular swims. And don’t be shy – the cost of a bottle of sunscreen is a small price to pay to keep your skin healthy. Remember too that babies up to 6 months old should not use sunscreen, so keep them out of the sun if possible, or dress them in light layers of clothing.

For added protection, wear UV blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. If you have fair skin, red hair, or a history of skin moles, be sure to take extra precautions.

Stay cool.

It might be tempting to plant your beach chair in the sand or by the pool all day and let the sun’s rays come pouring down.  But that only raises the risk of sunburn and dehydration. So, take frequent breaks and make sure you drink plenty of water, especially on extra-hot days. Also, don’t be fooled into thinking you’re protected from the sun while swimming. Water attracts the sun’s rays. 

Know the signs.

Stay safe by understanding the signs of dehydration. The most common are: increased thirst, dry mouth, swollen tongue, weakness, dizziness, and decreased urine output. If you suspect mild to moderate dehydration, drink plenty of water and find a cool, shady spot to rest in, including back indoors. For severe dehydration (often characterized by a fever, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and/or fainting), seek medical attention immediately.

One way to seek the relief you want is with an outside shower, sink, or water fountain. At Plumbtastic, our plumbing expertise is whole-house: indoors and out. Contact us today so we can have a look at your property and recommend the right way to provide you with a ready supply of outdoor water.

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