Happy Memorial Day weekend! As the official start of summer, many people celebrate with barbeques, trips to the beach and soaking up the new summer sun. Across the country, weather predictions show a very hot, sunny weekend this year. While you’re planning your long weekend, keep these heat and sun safety tips in mind to enjoy a fun, relaxing and safe Memorial Day.
Safe Sun Tips for Seniors
• Wear a brimmed hat and UV protected sunglasses when you go outside to protect your scalp and shade your eyes from exposure.
• Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Apply to all exposed skin about 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply throughout the day.
• Stick to the shade. If you’re at the beach, sit under a tree or umbrella and avoid as much sun as possible during the peak hours of sun, from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Drink water throughout the day. Keeping your body hydrated will prevent many heat-related illnesses.
• Know the symptoms of heat stroke: red or hot skin without sweat, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and sometimes unconsciousness. If you have these symptoms, get to a cool, shaded area, avoid drinking fluids, cool the body externally and seek medical assistance.
• Take note of any skin changes including discoloration and new or changing moles or freckles. Talk to your doctor about these changes to screen for and prevent harmful symptoms.