As summer takes root in San Diego, here is how to protect you and your family. You can start by taking to heart simple tips and information that provides protection from the heat, sunburn, and threats to your health that are common during this time of the year.
If you are planning on being outside for some time, there are a few basic tips you can follow to protect yourself.
- Wear Light Colored Clothing, Sunglasses, and a Hat
- Put on Sunscreen
- Carry Water with You or Know Wear You Can Find Water Quickly
The light-colored clothing will reflect much of the heat generated by the sunlight. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the UV or ultraviolet rays of the sun. And a hat will block the sunlight reaching your eyes and head, providing a strong layer of protection from sunburn.
Sunscreen provides an additional layer of protection from sunburn. Sunburn is not only painful but is a step that possibly leads to the formation of skin cancer. Be sure to reapply the sunscreen every half-hour to hour to maintain maximum protection.
Plus, carry water with you when possible. If it is not possible or you have run out of water and need more, know where the water fountains are and other locations where water is available. Staying hydrated can help prevent heat stress and heat stroke.
There are more than 60 Cool Zones across the county. These are places where you can seek relief from the excessive heat. This includes all 33 branches of the public library. The Cool Zones are designed for those who do not have air conditioning but can be used by anyone who is caught outside in the heat. You can check the county website for a listing of hours and locations.
If you have no air conditioning or are planning on staying outside for some time, check to see where the nearest Cool Zone is to your location. You can prevent heat stress or even heat stroke by seeking relief in a Cool Zone near you.
Listen to Your Body
Knowing the early signs of heat stress will help you seek relief before more serious symptoms occur. Such symptoms include the following.
- Excessive Sweating
- Sweating that Stops Even when You are Still Out in the Heat
- Headaches and Body Aches
- Dizziness, Confusion, or Unable to Catch Your Breath
Any of these signs should be addressed immediately by seeking relief from the heat and consuming water. Finding shade from the sun will help cool you down or go indoors to an air-conditioned area. If you are working outdoors, slow down and maintain a comfortable pace.
The best advice is to act before any of the signs of heat stress show up. Take frequent breaks if you are working outdoors, find shade, and drink water to maintain proper hydration. Keep an eye on family members, including your children and the elderly as they may not be aware of the signs of heat stress or heat stroke.
Contact Brickley Environmental Today
With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.
- Asbestos Abatement
- Mold Remediation
- Lead-Based Paint Removal
- Hazardous Waste Removal
If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.