Staying Safe in the Sun

June 18, 2014

The official start of summer is June 21st, but the weather is already heating up to dangerous temperatures. Health officials want to make sure that you are safe while out in the sun.

With Wednesday being the hottest day of the year so far in Central Virginia, it’s important to stay hydrated.

Elizabeth Beasley from the Thomas Jefferson Health District says it's important to drink two to four ounces of water for every hour that you are outside.

“It's easy to either drink water on the front end or drink water on the back end, but people get busy and can forget to drink in between,” says Beasley.

She also says if you plan on going outside to work, try to do it during the cooler times of the day.

“Between 10 AM and 4 PM is generally the hottest point of the day,” says Beasley. “But whenever possible, getting outside to do your work as early as you can, will help with that.”

Local cub scouts also learned a little bit about staying cool in the heat. Nearly 200 scouts gathered at Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle County to continue their week-long day camp full of fishing, swimming, archery and games.

“Our theme is heroes everywhere, so we've been taking about how we can be a hero, not only in our community, but also to nature and just having a good time,” says Tracey Stakem, camp director.

The scouts are staying hydrated with thanks to coolers full of water and games that include a little bit of a splash.

“Balloon launching and duck, duck, dunk instead of duck, duck, goose and they will be swimming for a while this afternoon too,” says Stakem.

The scouts enjoyed being out in the sun, but the camp director says she hopes they can learn something that will stick with them throughout life.

“It is easier to build a boy than mend a man and I just think it's important to be a positive influence on a young boy's life, so that they can grow up to be good leaders when they get older,” says Stakem.

Staying hydrated and using sunscreen are just a few ways to stay safe while in the heat.

For more information on what else you can do to stay safe while out in the sun, click on the link under the photo.

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