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Health department offers tips to deal with the sun and heat

| July 20, 2022

DOVER (WJER) (July 18, 2022) – Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are sharing advice about staying safe in the summertime heat.

Community Relations Director Jennifer Demuth says you should take precautions, even when it’s cloudy out, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.

“This is the time of year when those UV rays are much higher and much stronger. And you can even get reflection on the sand or water, so if you’re out on one of our beautiful local lakes.”

Demuth says you want to hydrate with the right fluids, such as water or sports drinks with electrolytes.

She also encourages people to wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and to put it on at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure, when possible.

“And reapply that sunscreen every two hours, or even more often after you get out of water or if you’ve been sweating heavily.”

Demuth says if you are wearing insect repellant, put that on that after you apply the sunscreen.

And she says you should protect your eyes with sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

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