A (Safe) Day at the Beach

Spending the day at the beach with your friends is a ton of fun. You can soak up some rays, go swimming or play sports on the shore. But a day at the beach can quickly turn from fun-in-the-sun to no fun at all if you don’t pay attention to these hidden (and some not so hidden) dangers of spending the day outside.

Stay Safe in the Sun’s Rays

  • Sunburn happens when your skin is overexposed to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Your skin gets red and painful, and feels hot to the touch. It sometimes will blister and peel, depending on how bad it is. How to avoid it: Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and make sure to reapply every couple of hours and after swimming. Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and staying in the shade as much as possible.
  • Sun poisoning is similar to sunburn, but also includes nausea, fever, headache and dizziness. How to avoid it: Wear sunscreen, drink lots of water and try to stay in the shade during peak sun times (10 a.m. to
    4 p.m.).
  • Heat stroke happens when you exert yourself in hot weather and don’t drink enough fluids. Symptoms of heat stroke are rapid heartbeat and breathing, headache, nausea, dizziness and confusion. Heat stroke is really serious, so if you suspect you or one of your friends has heat stroke, call 911. How to avoid it: If you’re exercising outside in the summer, take frequent breaks and make sure you drink plenty of fluids like water or sports drinks. Dress in lightcolored, loose-fitting clothes.

Indoor Tanning: Not Safe for Teens

Think indoor tanning is a great way to build up some color? Think again. The World Health Organization warns that no one under age 18 should use tanning beds because they raise the risk of skin cancer.

Protect your skin by staying out of tanning beds and always wearing sunscreen. And save the money you would have wasted on tanning in your savings account.