Temperatures are near 115° F in Chandler, Arizona this weekend. In such heat, you'll likely spend a lot of time poolside. Here are some guidelines for staying safe in the sun.
BE SMART ABOUT SHADE
Patio umbrellas and backyard trees are a great resource for shade, in addition to decoration. Seek them out when the heat feels like too much, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. — the peak sun hours. Even when it's cloudy, shade still helps to protect your skin.
BE PREPARED WITH PROTECTION
Use your clothing accessories for their functionality. Hats with big brims are great for keeping your face covered. Sunglasses cover the area—your eyes—sunscreen can’t protect. When you’re not in the water and the sun is beaming down, don’t be afraid to trade tan lines for sun defense and put on a shirt. The sun’s rays can be stronger around the pool when they are reflected off the water.
BE GENEROUS WITH SUNSCREEN
The higher the sunscreen’s SPF, the longer the protection you will have against the sun. Regardless of SPF, remember to reapply every few hours and always go for the waterproof option. This is especially important if you are fair-skinned. When you do cover yourself, don’t forget to rub onto the often-missed areas of the body: top of the feet, top of the ears, eyelids, and top of the head (for some hair-challenged men out there).
USE WATER TO STAY HYDRATED
Anytime you are in the heat, it is important to be drinking water constantly. Do the best you can to keep it relatively chilled and look to start drinking before you feel thirsty.
Remember to seek water and an air-conditioned shelter the instant you begin to feel too hot or dizzy.
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