May 8, 2013 1:11 pm

Remember to keep safe in the warm weather

People take in the sun at Sugar Beach in Toronto on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Residents across southern Ontario are enjoying that typical jump from winter right into summer. At least, that’s how it feels.

And that may have made us forget a few things that come with the warmer weather.

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Remember the words “smog,” “UV index,” and “allergies”? Those are all things we need to take into account, sunshine or not. Today, for example, Toronto will have a UV index of 6, or moderate. That means the ultraviolet rays from the sun are stronger and if you spend too much time in the sun, you can burn. So remember to bring out that sunscreen.

Yesterday’s air quality index for Hamilton was 6, which presents a moderate risk to those with respiratory illnesses. In southern Ontario, higher temperatures seem to mean higher air quality health index numbers. On those days, it’s important that people who are most vulnerable (children and the elderly), limit the time they spend outdoors as well as their physical activity.

We’ve also gone from running noses and watery eyes from colds to running noses and watery eyes from allergies. The pollen count in the area is high and expected to be so for a few more days.

So, yes, we’re getting the fantastic weather, but remember to protect yourself against the sun and heat. Put on the sunscreen and always keep yourself hydrated.

Remember: Slip, slap and slop.

Slip on appropriate clothing; slap on a hat; and slop on the sunscreen.

© Shaw Media, 2013

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