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RAF MILDENHALL, England - Summer brings warm weather and the chance for cook outs, vacation trips, water park outings and other fun outdoor activities, and with proper planning your summer can remain a safe one.

During the summer, there is heightened potential for heat-related illnesses and injuries, such as dehydration, sunburn, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, at, the best defense for preventing heat related illnesses are:

· Regardless of your activity level, drink more fluids that are neither alchoholic nor carbonated, on a regular basis instead of waiting until you are thirsty.
· Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
· Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
· When exercising, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
· Try to rest often, in shady areas.
· Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a sunscreen of sun protection factor 30 or higher.

· Check regularly on:

o Infants and young children
o People aged 65 or older
o People who have a mental illness
o Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

During hot weather, sunscreen should be used, even when out in the sun for just a few minutes.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends year-round application of broad spectrum sunscreen, that covers UVA and UVB, said Capt. Erin Marchand, 48th Medical Group health care provider.

"Sunscreen should have a sun protection factor of 30 or higher, and should be applied to all areas of the body exposed to the sun," she said.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation at, sunscreen combines several ingredients that help prevent the sun's ultraviolet radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation that can damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer are UVA and UVB.

For more information on how to prevent heat related illnesses and injuries contact you primary care manager or visit

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Date Taken:06.29.2012

Date Posted:07.18.2012 04:50


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