Staying Safe in the Sun

SUMMER SAFETY

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ALBERT LEA, MN — We all love spending time in the sun during the summer, but, if you’re not prepared it can be dangerous to your health.

Too much time in the sun can cause dehydration and different  forms of skin cancer, if proper precautions aren’t taken.

The sun, along with humidity, can cause major problems for people with chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes and chronic heart illnesses.

Health experts say for those folks, it’s important to stay cool as much as possible.

“It’s really important to stay as cool as possible,” Freeborn County Public Health Director Sue Yost said. “Stay in when you can, if you can use air conditioning or a fan to be able to stay cool, which really helps a lot.”

Yost says sunscreen should be used at all times.

And that people should stay away from sugary drinks and alcohol if they’re going to be outside to prevent dehydration.

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