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Summer safety: Hot weather tips to keep you safe and cool

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High temperatures cause hundreds of deaths every year, but they, along with other heat-related illnesses, are preventable. Beat the heat with these tips to help keep you safe, cool and informed all summer long.

Keep your body hydrated

Drinking water every day is good for your overall health. Stay hydrated and regulate your body temperature by drinking plenty of fluids. Water provides you with the proper fuel to get you through a busy day outside. Even mild dehydration can affect you mentally and physically, but it can be easily avoided with infused water or by setting reminders to hydrate regularly.

Prevent mosquito bites

Mosquitoes are most active in the summer. Mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy. They can spread viruses like the West Nile Virus and other illnesses. Prevent mosquito bites by using EPA-registered insect repellents with DEET, covering up, and keeping them outside.

Find some shade

Did you know that UV rays can reach you even on cloudy days? Protecting your skin from UV rays is important all year, not just during the summer.

Reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer by staying in the shade on a hot day. Use a tree, umbrella, or other cool shelter. For the most protection, wear a hat and sunglasses. On days where the heat index is 100 degrees or higher, we recommend limiting your outdoor activity and staying in air conditioning instead.

Use plenty of sunscreen

Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get some vitamin D. But too much sun can damage your skin and, in some cases, cause skin cancer. Use broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply throughout the day as directed and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.