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Fri, Jun 28, 2013

Plan Ahead for Transit Trips in Triple Digit Heat

Personal Cool Tips
Protect yourself from the summer sun as you walk to and from bus and light rail stops. Here are some important safety tips to keep you cool in the triple digit heat! 

Keep Your Personal Cool

Carry water. Plastic drink containers with hard plastic lids like water bottles are allowed on buses and light rail. The Salvation Army deploys hydration stations during excessive heat warnings. Click here for locations.
Cover Up. Protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays by wearing light-colored, lightweight long-sleeve shirts and long pants or skirts.
Wear sunscreen. Experts recommend a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Carry an umbrella. Small umbrellas create shade and are easy to carry.
Wear a hat. Your head, lips, eyes and face can all get sunburned and need to be protected.
Wear sunglasses. Your eyes will be less strained if they are protected from the sun. Excessive UV ray exposure can lead to cataracts and other eye conditions.
Keep children under shade. Bring a covered stroller or umbrella to make sure the kids are protected. 

Cut the Wait

Use the fastest route. There is usually more than one way to reach your destination.
Know your departure time. Arrive at your bus stop about five minutes before the bus or light rail is scheduled to leave.
Limit direct sun exposure during midday. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. can be harmful to your skin. If you must travel midday, shade yourself with an umbrella, hat and the right clothing.

Live Healthy

Drink plenty of water. It is easy to get dehydrated in the Arizona sun. Drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water each day, more if you are participating in physical activity.
Eat right. Avoid foods with too much salt, which can cause dehydration and bloating. Fruits and vegetables are a great choice since they help replenish fluids in your body.
Check your skin. Check your body for unusual marks, moles or discolorations. See a doctor if you have any concerns.

Download the flyer here.
Visit the Phoenix Public Transit Department for more information.

More Sun Safety Resources:

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