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Stay safe while vacationing with these sun safety tips

Post by Kathryn Dunmore, Canadian Red Cross blogger

stay safe in the sunIt is the time of year where we all dream of a warm escape from these cold climates. If you’re planning on making this a reality by vacationing south or going somewhere warmer from our Canadian winter, keep in mind these sun and water safety tips.

Keep safe near water:
Enjoy the oceans and water-related activities being in warm climates bring with these open water safety tips to keep in mind.

Since the risk of water-related injury or death when near water is far greater than perceived, there are several steps that swimmers and boaters can take to stay safe when in, on, or around water, such as:
  • Never underestimate the power of currents. A boater, swimmer or wader in open water who underestimates the power of currents can be swept away instantly.
  • Always swim with a buddy and check the weather conditions before venturing into the water.
  • Lifejackets are like seat belts - they only work if you wear them, and wear them properly.
Keep safe in the sun:
Use sunscreen and shade to stay safe in the sunWhen enjoying warm weather, you should be aware of heat-related illnesses. Signs of heat exhaustion include pale or red skin, dizziness, nausea, moist skin, weakness, exhaustion and a normal or raised body temperature. When in hot climates, prevent heat-related emergencies with these tips:
  • Drink plenty of cool fluids — this is the most important step you can take.
  • Know the humidex rating — it combines the temperature and humidity to indicate how hot, humid weather feels to the average person.
  • Wear light, loose clothing to let air circulate and heat escape and always wear a hat.
  • Apply sunscreen (with SPF 15 or higher) as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.
  • Slow down your activities as it gets hotter and don’t work, exercise, or play for too long at a time.
  • Take a lot of breaks in a cool or shady area to let your body cool off. This will help if you do need to be outside when it’s really hot.
Have first aid resources at your fingertips with the Canadian Red Cross First Aid App. By downloading the app, you will have life-saving tips and resources at hand, and will be better equipped to respond to everyday emergencies. Also, preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at any time, even without reception or an Internet connection.
Safe travels and enjoy your vacation!
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