Advice for enjoying the season’s sunny rays

LIMIT SUN: Avoid too much time in the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunburn can happen in as little as 15 minutes.
WATCH REFLECTIONS: Ultraviolet (UV) rays can reflect off water, concrete and other surfaces.
WEAR A HAT: Protect your eyes, ears, face and neck with a wide brim hat.
PROTECT YOUR EYES: Wear sunglasses and prescription glasses with 99 per cent to 100 per cent UV-A/B protection.
DRESS UP: Wear loose-fitting clothes over as much of your body as possible. SPF (sun protection factor) clothing offers even more protection.
STAY HYDRATED: Bring water and drink often to prevent dehydration.
PUT ON SUNSCREEN: Before going outside, put on broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF. Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or perspiring heavily.
PROTECT THE KIDS: Keep babies younger than six months out of direct sunlight and dress them in hats and protective clothing. For babies over six months, use sunscreen and protective clothing.
FOOT WEAR: Make sure you have the right shoes your activity. Flip flops are good for the beach; hiking boots are good for the back country.
CHECK FOR TICKS: After time in grassy or wooded areas, check yourself, your kids and your dog for ticks that may cause Lyme disease.
FIGHT THE BITE: Avoid West Nile virus with a hat, pants and a long-sleeved, light-coloured shirt. Use insect repellent with DEET and consider staying in at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

This story appeared in the Summer 2017 edition of Health Matters, the quarterly magazine produced by Calgary’s seven primary care networks. Read the full issue.