When it’s this hot, it’s easy to get caught up having fun outside and forget to take precautions to keep your body cool and your skin safe. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is urging you to be mindful of the sun and heat this summer as you enjoy the weather outside.
“Sun safety is important, every day,” says Dr. Jasmine Hasselback, Medical Health Officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Saskatoon. “If the UV index is three or higher, be sure to protect your skin as much as possible.”
Protecting yourself is as easy as slipping on clothing, slapping on a hat, slopping on sunscreen, seeking shade and sliding on sunglasses. Sunscreen should be a broad spectrum, SPF 30 (at least) over top of skin not protected by clothing. Don’t forget to apply it regularly, especially after swimming, strenuous exercise or after toweling off.
Extreme heat events can also be a concern, as high temperatures and high humidity can easily overheat the body and cause heat illness, such as heat exhaustion. Dr. Hasselback says it’s important to use the air conditioner, or find a cool place to go for a few hours of the day on hot days.
To learn more about protecting yourself and your loved ones from the sun and the heat this summer, check out Sun Smart Saskatchewan, where you will find advice for kids and families, for going on vacation and for those who primarily work outside.
Use things like sunscreen and hats to help protect yourself from the summer sun.