Summer can be a great time to be going to the beach, camping and even for landscaping, lawn care and garden maintenance. However, the Australian summer comes with challenges due to extreme heat and other environmental factors. Here’s how you can avoid some of the dangers of being outdoors in summer:
1. Wear Boots
Thinking of working outdoors in a pair of thongs? While they’re a typical part of every Australian summer, thongs provide very little protection from the sun and tools dropping on your feet. On the other hand, a pair of comfortable safety boots will provide better protection when working outdoors this summer (and you can avoid those awkward thong tan lines too!).
2. Apply Sunscreen
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia has one of the highest levels of UV exposure in the world.¹ Whether you’re outside for work or having fun in the sun, applying sunscreen will afford some protection from the harmful effects of the sun.
3. Wear a Suitable Hat
Did you know that wearing a hat helps to reduce the likelihood of sunstroke? It’s better for the sun to beat down on your hat instead of your head. The Cancer Council recommends wearing bucket or wide-brimmed hats over baseball caps for sun protection.²
4. Stay Hydrated
Did you know that it only takes 2% of dehydration to cause up to 50% decrease in work and mental performance?3 Keeping hydrated helps prevent fatigue and heat stress. When doing strenuous activities outdoors in summer, make sure hydration products such as electrolyte mixes, drink coolers and bottled water are at the top of your list. We also recommend Sqwinchers as an effective electrolyte hydration product that’s low sodium, caffeine-free, gluten-free and great tasting. Also, Sqwinchers come in different sizes and concentrations for convenience!
5. Have a First Aid Kit Handy
Summer. The sun is out, as are the mosquitoes, bees and ants. There’s also the potential snake in the grass, not to mention all the usual knocks and bumps that go with swimming at the beach, hiking or working outdoors. For the holiday season, you should have a first aid kit handy to help yourself and others. With these safety tips, we hope that you can stay safe while having fun or working outdoors during summer. Now get out there and start crossing off those outdoor summer activities! Thinking of going to the beach this summer? We’ve got 5 essential tips to keep you safe!
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1. “About UV and sun protection times”. Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
2. “Sun Protective Hats”. SunSmart, Cancer Council Victoria. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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