Summer Safety: Sunburns and dehydration

Dunkin Donuts’ Hasbro 4 Safety Interns Erinn, Matt, Leah and Nykia joined us during Beach Week to discuss the following tips for keeping safe from sunburns and dehydration this summer.

Sunburns…

  • One severe sunburn in childhood can greatly increase the risk of skin cancer as an adult, so it’s important that we take steps to protect ourselves in the sun
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 15 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply every two hours
  • You need sunscreen even on a cloudy day; clouds don’t block the sun’s rays
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after you’ve gone swimming

The American Cancer Society has a great slogan to help people remember how to stay safe in the sun: Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap

  • Slip on loose-fitting clothing
  • Slop on sunscreen of at least SPF 30
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat
  • And wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • People should also seek shade when outside in the sun, either under a tree, or if you’re at the beach, you can bring an umbrella

Dehydration…

  • Kids can lose up to a quart of sweat on a hot day, which is about the as much as a milk carton
  • By the time you feel thirsty, you may already be dehydrated
  • Symptoms of dehydration include headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and irritability
  • Always carrying a water bottle
  • Taking breaks from the sun
  • Drinking water before, during, and after being outside
  • Sports drinks are good for athletes and people participating in strenuous activities, but water is guaranteed to keep you hydrated

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