Too much fun in the sun isn’t a good thing if you become dehydrated or get a sunburn. But some common-sense tips can make your day at the waterpark safe and enjoyable.

• Drink lots of fluids throughout the day to prevent dehydration.

• Apply sunscreen early. Ultraviolet radiation (also known as UV rays) is the strongest during the summer, so generously apply waterproof sunscreen to your body 30 minutes before you go outside. (Use SPF 15 or higher). Don’t miss areas under your suit and on your feet; your suit can move around and expose skin where sunscreen wasn’t applied.

• Bring a T-shirt, hat, sunglasses and sandals or swim shoes for extra protection if needed.
If you do get a sunburn:
• Take a bath with cool (not cold) water or apply a cool washcloth to the sunburned area.

• Apply pure aloe vera gel or lotion to the sunburned area.

• Take a pain reliever such as aspirin or Tylenol, or spray an over-the-counter pain reliever on the sunburned area. (Don’t give aspirin to children or teens.)

• Stay away from petroleum-based products such as Vaseline or benzocaine because they may dry out or irritate the skin.

• Stay inside until the sunburn heals.
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