Stay Safe in the Sun: Top Tips for a Safe Summer

Welcome to SafeKab, your friendly neighbourhood safety website!  As the summer season descends upon us and temps start touching the 20s, it’s important to prioritise your safety under the sun’s rays We don’t always take sun safety seriously beyond avoiding getting the dreaded sunburn, but there are a few more dangers that you should be aware of. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with our top tips to stay safe in the sun this summer. So, grab the sun cream and let’s dive in!

Splash the Suncream: Your Best Defence to Stay Safe in the Sun

The first and most crucial tip for sun safety is to apply sun cream.  Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Opt for a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to really protect your skin. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating. And apply liberally!

Stay Cool and Protected Under Shade

When the sun is at its strongest, usually between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., seek shady areas to minimise direct exposure to the full power of the sun. Whether it’s under an umbrella, a tree, or a canopy, shade provides an extra layer of protection against harmful UV rays.  Take breaks from the sun and enjoy some refreshing shade time as often as possible. If you’re out and about in the sun for a long period of time, why not take a taxi home to get you out of the sun and into the air-conditioned shade?

A local Inverness taxi can be booked on the SafeKab app at just the touch of a button. You don’t even need to have your card or any cash on your either. Just top up your SafeKab wallet on the app and the fare is taken automatically. No need to take your wallet or purse to enjoy a day in the sun!

Dress to Stay Safe in the Sun

Covering up is an effective way to shield your skin from the sun. Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting garments that cover your arms, legs, and neck. Wide-brimmed hats and UV-protective sunglasses are also essential to protect your face, eyes, and the delicate skin around the eyes and lips.

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is crucial for overall well-being, especially in the summer heat. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Experts say we are meant to drink 2 litres of water a day. But if it’s a hot day, don’t be stingy with the H2O! Proper hydration helps regulate body temperature and prevents dehydration, which can worsen the effects of sun exposure. So, keep a water bottle handy and sip your way to sun safety.

Practice Sun Safety in and Around Water

Whether you’re swimming, paddleboarding, or simply enjoying the beach, water activities require extra sun safety measures. Remember to reapply waterproof sun cream regularly and wear protective swimwear. Keep in mind that water reflects the sun’s rays, intensifying exposure, so be extra cautious.

Recognise the Signs of Sunburn and Heat-related Illnesses.

It’s crucial to recognise the signs of sunburn and heat-related illnesses. Look out for symptoms such as redness, pain, swelling, heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. If you or someone else experiences these symptoms, seek shade, hydrate, and take appropriate measures to cool down the body. If in doubt, always seek medical attention especially if it’s severe.

Follow these top tips and you’ll be well-equipped to enjoy the outdoors while protecting your skin and Staying Safe in the Sun this summer.