Another important swimming safety topic is rip currents. Rip currents account for most of the rescues performed by beach lifeguards. If you are caught in a rip current, do not fight it. Stay calm, and don’t waste your energy struggling. Swim parallel to the shore until you feel the current release. Then you can swim toward the shore. If the force of the current is too strong, tread water and float in the current until it weakens. Wave your arms and call for help if needed. Remember to check the conditions of the water before swimming by asking a lifeguard or looking for warning flags.
Keep your skin looking healthy and young by practicing safe sun. Limit your sun exposure, especially between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Be sure to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15, even on cloudy days, and remember to reapply often. Brimmed hats, sunglasses, and lip balm with SPF are also important things to wear in the sun.
The higher the temperature, the higher the risk for heat related illness. Heat exhaustion could quickly escalate to heat stroke if the proper steps are not taken. Kuy Houser, MD, primary care physician at St. Joseph Health Primary Care in South College Station, says, “it’s important to limit your time and activity outside and to stay hydrated when temperatures are high.”
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
- Profuse sweating
- Flushed skin
- Heavy breathing