I think it’s fair to say that most of us look forward to the summer months. Time spent with family and mates at the beach, in the park or exploring different parts of Australia is cherished during this short time that flies by way too quickly. For those few that dread the summer heat and all that it brings, perhaps you may already be aware of these Pureman tips. But for those that need a friendly reminder (and a kick in the pants), here is Pureman’s Summer Safety Guide to a Bonza Summer.
DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS
Preferably water. No, alcohol does not count. In fact, it dehydrates. So if you’re reaching for that pint, at the very least have a glass of water next to it. Carry a bottle of water with you whenever you go out. Hydration will help you avoid heat stroke and other nasty symptoms of overheating.
If you’re trying to find a place to go with the kiddos or with your mates because you can’t bear the thought of just sitting at home, hitting the cinema, shopping centre or pool (preferably with shaded areas) are great options. The air conditioned spaces or easy access to a dip in cool water will help keep your temperature down while keeping you entertained!
SLATHER ON THAT SUNSCREEN
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, if not, the highest. We must protect ourselves and our families as best we can. One way to do that is to regularly and liberally apply sunscreen before we head outside. Be sure it offers both UVA and UVB protection and keep it at 30 SPF or above. Don’t forget to reapply every 2-4 hours (read the label) and again after time spent in the water.
SHADE IS YOUR FRIEND
Even in the shade those pesky UV rays can find you, so be sure to have your sunscreen on no matter where you are outdoors. The shade can help keep you cooler, so seek it out. If you’re going to be in the sun, put on a hat to help shade that pretty head and face. A rash guard with UV protection, especially for the little ones, is also your friend.
One thing we don’t always think about as the summer rolls in is how easy it is to get too comfortable in the water. Whether the kids are at play, or you’ve jumped in after a few drinks with friends, drowning is a real risk that should not be taken lightly. Keep your wits about you in and around the water, learn safety measures (CPR etc.) and keep a close eye on your surroundings. As Sir Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is Power”.
Now get your summer on!