CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday marks the first day of summer! Many people are looking forward to the change in the weather but there are some things you need to know to stay safe in the heat.
Most of us love the summer, but being outside for too long in these hot temperatures can cause some serious health problems. River’s Park in Chicopee, a place for some summer fun in the sun. There’s lot to do when the weather is nice, sports games and trips to the beach. But too much sun can be dangerous.
Robert Dziedzic, a Chicopee baseball coach told 22News, “When we have hot days with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, and things don’t change and we don’t get any rain, we get poor air quality and the ground level ozone starts to build up with the sunlight and that can cause problems for people with health issues, breathing problems, things like that.”
With lots of sunshine, high temperatures and the UV index at 10, the risk of heatstroke and respiratory problems go up. Especially combined with too much physical activity.
When out playing sports in these hot summer months it’s incredibly important to take precautions. Wear loose fitting clothing, drink plenty of fluids and reapply sunscreen every few hours.
Robert Dziedzic is a Chicopee baseball coach. He told 22News he sees the importance of staying hydrated.
Robert Dziedzic said, “We play so many baseball games in the summer, a very busy schedule, and we preach hydrate, hydrate hydrate, and make sure they drink a lot of water before, during and after games”
As for the summer sun, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that has broadband spectrum protection. That will help prevent sunburns.
So whether you’re out playing sports or just enjoying the nice weather, make sure to protect your skin, stay hydrated, and wear clothing that will help keep you cool.