As we face the season’s first big heatwave, a Bancroft NeuroRehab nurse shares tips to protect yourself against the sun’s rays and high heat and humidity. 

By Rosalie Knapp, BSN, RN

Wear SPF 30 or higher if you’re working or playing outside.

Wear Sunscreen

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays for as little as 15 minutes can cause skin damage and skin cancer, so using sunscreen is critical.

Wear protective clothing

Protect your skin – and eyes – from the sun.

Wear Sunglasses

Know the Signs of Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious condition that occurs when your body overheats, often because of prolonged exposure or overexertion.

This is a medical emergency; call 9-1-1 if you suspect someone is experiencing heatstroke.

You should move the person to a cooler area, and apply cool cloths to reduce body temperature. Do not give fluids.

Visit the CDC online for more information on summer safety.