Happy Summer Solstice Stay Safe From the Sun

2010-06-21 10:09

The word solstice is derived from the Latin term meaning sun stood still. The Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Summer Solstice means farmers have planted their crop, school is out for kids, and it’s time to take certain precautions to stay safe and enjoy the hot summer months

The number one thing we should be aware of in the summer is the sun. We need the sun to grow, survive and thrive, however, the sun can cause a great deal of damage and even death if we are not aware of the dangers.

Dehydration is a very common incident that happens when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. Dehydration can cause you to get muscle weakness and spasms, headaches, thirst, little urine and when you do urinate it is concentrated and very yellow or amber, and tiredness. The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink plenty water, and be sure to drink extra water in the summer.

Heat exhaustion is dangerous and could kill a person. It is caused by you body getting to hot too hot. You might experience heavy sweating, dizziness, nausea, headache, fast heartbeat and a feeling of confusion. Some risk factor include dehydration, alcohol use, cardiovascular disease and certain medications. The best thing you can do if you suspect hear exhaustion is to get in a cool place, drink water and be sure to cool yourself down.

That great big ball of fire in the sky can create very painful sunburns. Sunburns happen when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body's protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. Sunburn in a very light-skinned person may occur in less than 15 minutes. Be sure to limit your exposure to the sun and when you are in the sun, wear sunscreen and a wide brim hat.

Though you may love your tan, prolonged exposure to the rays of the sun actually damages your skin. People who do not use sunscreen and are in the sun too much are prone to wrinkles, skin discoloration, liver spot, and other skin blemishes. What's more, overexposure may also cause melanoma or skin cancer, which can lead to death and one person dies everyday in the United States because of melanoma.

There is no "safe" UV ray. These harmful UV rays are more intense in the summer, at higher altitudes, and closer to the equator. However, even on cloudy days, UV radiation reaches the earth and can cause skin damage.

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. Honoring the solstice can remind us just how precious each day and season is. Part of honoring the seasons is to honor our body and the harmful effects the sun can cause.

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