Thursday, April 16, 2009

Summer Survival - Protection Items

In the heat of summer it is best to choose lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat will also help to provide shade and keep your head cool. A good pair of sunglasses will also help to protect your eyes from being damaged by harsh sunlight. It is also good to remember that sunburn will affect your body's ability to cool itself and may cause a loss of essential body fluids or a fever that can be potentially harmful to your health.

Sunburn can also cause severe pain and can severely damage your skin. There are a variety of sunscreens and lotions that are available to help reduce the risk of getting sunburned. The protection that they offer against sunburn will differ according to their type. Check the sun protection factor (SPF) number on the label of the sunscreen container. Select SPF 8, at a minimum, or higher to protect yourself adequately from the harmful effects of sunburn. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply according to package directions. It is also good to have a sunburn treatment containing aloe vera to help treat your skin if you do become sunburned.

It also doesn’t hurt to keep an umbrella handy. Umbrellas not only keep the rain off but can offer excellent shade if there is no natural shade available. Don't forget your bandana! It can be moistened with water and placed around your neck to help you stay cool.

Always remember to keep a container of water handy and to drink plenty of fluids during your outdoor activities in the summer. Survive the outdoors safely!

Got summer protection?

Staying above the water line!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, how'd I miss this one . . .

I'm becoming a big fan of ripstop BDU type materials, especially in pants. Its lightweight, breathes pretty well, dries quickly when wet and is 'okay' when it gets cold.

Military camo pattern does gain attention, but this stuff can be found in khaki, olive drab and other solid colors. At flea markets, can be found sometimes for really inexpensive - $5 or thereabouts.

I'm wishy washy on hats, provide shade and glare protection, but my noggin gets pretty warm up there. Been looking at those 'Breezer type' of hats - that might work.

And don't forget good fitting tough footware. I love Teva sandals when indoors, boots or active wear boots outdoors.

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