Summer is here! The summer sun and high temperatures affect everyone . . . especially those of us working outdoors. It’s important to take precautions to protect your skin and eyes. Beware of the strong, skin-searing midday sun from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Don’t leave home without sunscreen protection. Commit to wearing your hat.
Don’t forget your eyes! Always wear sunglasses with a high UV rating (100 is the best rating) to protect your eyes while working outdoors.
Beware of dashboard glare. Keep paperwork off your dashboard to avoid dangerous glare when hit by the sun’s direct rays.
Keep your cool. When working outside, stay as cool as possible. Find a cool place to rest or take breaks.
Drink up and drink often. Don’t depend on thirst to signal when and how much to drink. Keep your body well-hydrated with plenty of liquids all day long. Drink about 6 to 8 ounces of water, sports drinks and other caffeine-free beverages every 15 to 20 minutes.
Pass it on to everyone every day. Get everyone involved in practicing everyday sun protection, and pester your family members and co-workers until they become sun safe!