Staying safe in extreme sun

With the heat index reaching a summer high WAAY 31 looked into some ways to keep you safe in the sun.

Posted: Jul 4, 2018 5:53 PM

The July 4th heat index is the highest it’s been all year, making your skin susceptible to burning after 10 minutes outside. WAAY 31 has some tips to keep you safe in the heat.

Pool are packed with families and people enjoying the holiday weekend with some Vitamin D, but with the sun being so strong, you can't get enough protection. Sunscreen is your best friend as you head out the door to enjoy some time at the pool this holiday weekend.

But nurse practitioner Cindy Whitten told WAAY 31, reapplying isn't always the easiest thing to remember.

"One of the things I have seen very frequently, especially in the summer time when we have a high uv index and this kind of heat and humidity, people tend to forget that you have reapply sunscreen very frequently, you have to remember you are in the sun and it will dehydrate you."

Whitten says you should avoid caffeine and alcohol, as the two can fuel dehydration.
For children getting too much sun can be even more dangerous. One father we spoke said his old pool was so concerned about it they gave parents a reminder every 50 minutes.

And for those who are quick to tan...Whitten says you could also be in danger.

"With the uv rays like they are right now, you will burn and you will burn fairly rapidly. Usually you can assume you'll burn within the first hour, even if you are someone who usually tans."

Advice two pool goers we spoke with are not taking with a grain of salt.

"I'm going to layer up on the sunscreen because I do not want to be burnt all day tomorrow."
"I don't know how long I'm gonna be out here...Maybe not as long as planned."

Experts suggest you wear at least a 30 SPF for the best protection.

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