Sun and Heat Exposure

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Sun and Heat Exposure

 

Overexposure to the sun can damage the skin and could cause skin cancer, heat stroke, heat exhaustion; heat cramps and heat rash are possible when you become overexerted in the heat. Put your health first in order to enjoy the summer.

 

Here are a few safety tips:

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and face cool. This will also provide added protection from damaging sun exposure. Baseball caps provide little protection except to the face. A hat should protect the neck, face and ears.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt at all times. It should be light colored and loose fitting except when working around machinery.
  • Carry a source of water with you. Take drinks frequently—every 15 minutes.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade or in a cool environment during the hottest times of the day.
  • Adjust gradually to working in the heat over a period of 10-20 days.
  • Someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke should be moved to a cool environment, offered sips of water, if conscious, and provided with attention from emergency medical personnel

Call 9-1-1.

  • Wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. Make sure children are also adequately protected.
  • Keep in mind these questions before going outside:
  1. Is fresh water available?
  2. Is sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on hand?
  3. Is protective clothing available and being worn?

 

CALL 9-1-1 if you begin not to feel well…

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