Georgia Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Tips to Be Cool and Safe This Summer (EPA
To avoid heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun,
follow these steps to stay cool and safe this summer:
1. Stay hydrated.
2. Wear lightweight
keep your body temperature down and stay protected from UV radiation,
wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.
3. Apply sunscreen. Approximately
30 minutes before heading outside, apply SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, and
reapply every two hours.
Protect your eyes and face. Wear
a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage
and the development of cataracts.
5. Seek shade. Find
shade during the sun's peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reduce
the risk of too much sun exposure
Teach sun and heat safety. Keep
an eye on others, particularly the elderly, remind them to be safe in
the sun and the heat. Watch for signs of heat illnesses, which can
include hot and dry skin, confusion, hallucinations, and aggression.
7. Check the UV Index. When
planning outdoor activities check the UV Index to identify the times
that pose the greatest risk for overexposure to the sun.
8. Check the Air Quality
hot summer days, ozone levels can rise making the air unhealthy to
breathe so be sure to check the air quality index before heading
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