— Dress for the weather and stay cool by wearing loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabric. Cottons or natural fabrics are best.
— Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, drink lots to decrease your risk of dehydration. Drinking alcohol affects the body’s fluid levels and can dangerously dehydrate you. Salty snacks can cause your body to lose fluids and sports drinks and sugary soda can act similarly. Avoid sweet or alcoholic drink until the cooler evening.
— Wear a wide-brimmed hat to avoid sun exposure.
— Protect you eyes by making sure you wear sunglasses that provide protection against UVA and UVB rays.
— Limit your time in the sun especially between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.when UV light is strongest.
— Use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15. The sunscreen should also say “broad-spectrum” on the label, to screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen will protect against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, but not from the heat so remember to stay hydrated. An important tip is to reapply. Many people think their initial application is all they need. Not so, you are wise to reapply every 2 hours and always after swimming.
— Sunburn is not fun and can spoil your day. Please remember reflections off water and sand increase the effect of UV rays. While the symptoms of sunburn are usually temporary, skin damage is cumulative. Protect yourself on cloudy days as well as when you’re in the water swimming.
— Too much sunshine can lead to heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause nausea, confusion, disorientation in an effort for the the body to cool. You can cool your body with a cool wash cloth or air conditioned room. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention if in doubt.