Keep It Cool | Valley Metro

Protect yourself from the summer sun as you walk to and from bus and light rail stops! Here are some important safety tips to help you “Keep it Cool” in the triple digit heat!

Protect Yourself

It doesn’t take long for the sun to cause harm. In fact, a short walk from your house or workplace to the bus or train stop can be enough to cause dehydration, sunburn or even heatstroke. Follow these simple tips to stay healthy this summer:

  • Carry water.
    Plastic drink containers with spill-proof lids like water bottles are allowed on buses and light rail.
  • 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.
  • Ride the Grid.
    Ride the light rail or bus and complete your commute by hopping on a Grid Bike. The bike share program makes it convenient to travel the first-mile or last-mile of your trip.
  • 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 before you’re thirsty.
    Thirst is a warning sign telling you that your body needs water. Drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water each day to beat your thirst. Drink 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.

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