Beat the Heat

by Danielle Cotterman on May 31, 2011 at 6:00 am

The dog days of summer seem to be here early this year. We spoke with the local health department on tips to beat the heat.

The main concern for Director of Nursing, Carol Howdyshell, is for people to know how dangerous the sun can be, even when you aren’t expecting it.

"I can remember at band camp, part of my hair would get sunburned, I mean, things you don’t think about," said Howdyshell.

The sun is the strongest between 10 and 4 o’clock. You should always wear sunscreen that is at least an 15 SPF. And, Howdyshell said, be aware that it will wear off in a couple of hours, so you will need to re-apply it. She also says, watch your eyes. You can help protect them by wearing sunglasses that protect all types of UV rays.

"Most of the sunglasses say they protect against UV-A and UV-B, so just look for those letters," said Howdyshell. "Opposed to just picking up the ones in the plastic bag."

Howdyshell warns some medications will make you more sensitive to the sunlight so you should check with your doctor.