Summer outdoor festivals remind us to take care


Summer is a favorite time of year, but recent reports from outdoor festivals remind us to take care: the summer sun can burn, heat dehydrates and high humidity impairs the body’s ability to keep cool. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out and should be reapplied. Hats are protective. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend drinking more than your thirst indicates, with cool, non-alcoholic beverages preferred. Be sensible in scheduling outdoor activities and pace yourself. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be serious so recognize early signs. A cool shower or moving to an air-conditioned place are good ways to cool off.

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