How to Protect Yourself During the Heat Wave

Dr. Noel Natoli and Nassau County Legislator and Chair of the Health Committee, Dennis Dunne, spoke yesterday on safety precautions during the current heat wave.

Dr. Noel Natoli and Nassau County Legislator and Chair of the Health Committee, Dennis Dunne, spoke yesterday on safety precautions during the current heat wave.

It’s hot out there! Keep yourself cool and hydrated. If you do spend an extended amount of time outdoors, protect your skin from harmful effects from the sun. Sun damage may not be apparent when you’re young, but it will show up later in life.

80% of a person’s sun exposure is acquired before the age of 18, as a parent, be a good role model and foster skin cancer prevention habits in your child. Avoid spray sunscreen and use a broad based sunscreen to target UVA rays, which cause skin aging and sunspots. Make sure that the sunscreen you use has an SPF of at least 15 and apply thirty minutes before sun exposure, reapply every two hours.