Summer is a time for fun and adventure, but it is essential to observe safety precautions while out in the sun and fresh air. Nothing can put an end to a fun adventure outdoors faster than an injury or accident. So, whether you are camping, cycling your favorite trails, climbing in the mountains, or just heading to the beach or the pool this summer, here are some safety guidelines for every outdoor activity in Eagle!
Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen
Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays is one of the best methods to enjoy outdoor activities safely. Sunburn and skin damage can be prevented by using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Apply sunscreen all over your body, including your scalp, face, neck, and ears, using a cream formulation rather than a spray.
Then, reapply sunscreen every two hours if you are swimming or perspiring heavily. Because sunscreen only lasts so long, it’s critical to reapply it throughout the day to ensure that you’re still covered.
Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing protective clothing is another excellent approach to guard yourself against the sun. Long-sleeved shirts and pants, hats, and sunglasses can help keep the sun off your skin. Wearing a rash guard or wetsuit while in the water will also help protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
Staying hydrated is critical, especially in the summer when the weather is sunny and hot. Drink plenty of water all through the day, and keep a bottle of water with you at all times so you can get a drink whenever you need to. Caffeine and alcohol-containing beverages should be avoided because they exacerbate dehydration.
Bring electrolyte-replenishing sports drinks with you if you plan to go trekking or engage in any other strenuous activity. Also, if you’re in the desert or at a high altitude, you should drink more water than usual.
Avoid Peak Hours
Among the most effective strategies to avoid UV radiation is to avoid being outside during peak hours. Between 11 am and 2 pm, the sun’s rays are at their peak intensity. If at all feasible, schedule your outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon/evening, when the sun will be less intense. This will keep you cooler and prevent you from getting too much sun.
Know Your Limits – and Come Prepared
When you’re outside, it’s critical to understand your limits. Start with shorter hikes and work your way up if you’re not used to trekking in the heat. If you’re new to camping, you might want to start with vehicle camping before moving on to backpacking.
It’s also important to be conscious of your physical limitations. If you have a medical condition that makes it difficult for you to be in extreme temperatures, take precautions to ensure your safety and comfort.
Finally, brush up on your basic first aid know-how and be familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. It’s always better to err on the side of caution than to be too cautious. Carry basic first aid supplies, such as cold packs, burn spray, aloe vera gel, bandages, pain medicines, and itch cream before venturing outside.
Watch Out for Wildlife
It is crucial to be aware of your surroundings and watch out for wildlife when outdoors. If you are hiking in the mountains or the forests, you should be aware of the local wildlife and how to avoid encountering them.
Some animals are more hazardous than others, including bears and mountain lions. But if you’re not on the alert, even small creatures can be dangerous. Snakes and spiders, for example, can be found in a variety of outdoor settings, so it’s crucial to know how to avoid them and what to do if they bite.
Always Tell Someone Where You’re Going – and When You’ll Be Back
It’s crucial to let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back when you go on an outdoor trip. This is especially vital if you will be going by yourself or in a remote area.
If something happens and you require assistance, someone must be able to locate you. So, before you go anywhere, even if it’s just to the neighborhood pool, leave a comprehensive itinerary with a friend or family member.
By following these safety suggestions you can participate in all of your favorite outdoor activities this summer while remaining safe from the sun and heat. Therefore, go outside and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!
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