Summer is a season for adventure and enjoyment, but it’s also crucial to keep safe when taking in the sun and fresh air. Nothing can put an end to a fun adventure outdoors faster than an injury or accident. So, whether you’re going camping, bicycling your favorite routes, trekking in the mountains, or simply going to the beach or pool this summer, here are some safety recommendations to keep you safe in Turlock!
Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen
Protecting oneself from the sun’s harmful UV rays is one of the best methods to enjoy any outdoor activity safely. Sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 can help prevent sunburn and skin damage. Apply sunscreen all over your body, including your face, neck, ears, and scalp, with a cream sunscreen rather than a spray.
If you’re exercising or swimming, make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours. Because sunscreen only lasts so long, it’s critical to reapply it throughout the day to ensure that you’re still covered.
Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing protective clothing is also a good strategy to keep oneself safe from the sun. Long-sleeved shirts and pants, hats, and sunglasses can help keep the sun off your skin. If you are going to be in the water, wearing a rash guard or wetsuit will also help protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
It’s critical to stay hydrated, especially in the summer when the weather is hot and humid. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and have a water bottle with you at all times so you can get a drink whenever you want. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks as they will make dehydration worse.
Bring sports drinks to replace your electrolytes if you’re going trekking or doing any other intense activity. If you’re in the desert or at a high altitude, drink significantly more water than usual.
Avoid Peak Hours
To minimize dangerous UV rays, it is preferable to avoid being outdoors during peak hours. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun’s beams are brightest. If possible, schedule your outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon/evening, when the sun will be at minimal intensity. This will allow you to stay cooler and avoid overexposure to the sun.
Know Your Limits – and Come Prepared
When you’re outside, it’s crucial to understand your limits. If you are not accustomed to trekking in the heat, begin with shorter excursions and gradually increase the distance. If you’re new to camping, try car camping first before moving on to backpacking.
You should be conscious of your physical limitations as well. Take precautions to keep safe and comfortable if you have a medical condition that makes it difficult for you to be in extreme heat or cold.
Lastly, brush up on your first aid skills and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. It’s always better to err on the side of caution than to be too cautious. When you go outside, bring some basic first-aid supplies with you, such as burn spray, cold packs, aloe vera gel, bandages, itch cream, and pain medicines.
Watch Out for Wildlife
It’s critical to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for animals when you’re outside. If you’re going hiking in the mountains or the forests, be sure you know what animals are around and how to avoid them.
Bears and mountain lions, for example, are more dangerous than others. However, if you’re not attentive, even small animals might be a danger. Snakes and spiders, for example, can be found in a variety of outdoor settings, so it’s crucial to know how to avoid them and what to do if they bite.
Always Tell Someone Where You’re Going – and When You’ll Be Back
It’s critical to let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll return if you go on an outdoor trip. This is especially vital if you will be going by yourself or in a remote area.
Someone must be aware of your location in the event that you require assistance. Leave a precise itinerary with a friend or family member before leaving, even if you’re simply going to the local swimming pool.
By following these safety recommendations this summer, you may enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities while being safe from the sun and heat. So go outside and take in the fresh air!
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