Staying safe in the summer heat

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tuesday and Wednesday are bringing unusually hot weather to Western New York and a lot of us are going to be beating the heat however we can.

The city of Buffalo is offering extended hours at all of its outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads to give residents some relief. Click here to learn more about that. Do not swim in restricted areas, like the Buffalo River. It is just not safe.

Many people are expected to take advantage of the city’s facilities to get through the hottest parts of the day. Other people we spoke to we’re trying to avoid being outside in the worst of the heat all together. “I’m running early because I know it’s about to be extremely got during the daytime,” said one Buffalo resident, Arken Ibrahim, as he was taking an early morning jog Tuesday.

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And a lot of people we talked to will be taking extra measures to stay safe in the heat. Many of us aren’t used to this kind of weather, so it can be all too easy to overdo it. “Drinking lots of water and stay in cool places,” Mohamed Ibrahim advised.

You should also spend time in the shade when you can, and protect your skin from the sun.

Here are some simple steps you can take to protect your skin:

  • Use sunscreen. “Broad spectrum” sunscreen protects against overexposure to ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. A sun protection factor (SPF) value of at least 15 is best.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours.
  • Wear proper clothing. You can’t go wrong with long-sleeved shirts and pants. Don’t forget a hat and those UV-resistant sunglasses.
  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sunlight is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Be aware of reflective surfaces, such as water, snow and sand. These surfaces increase your chance of sunburn, even if you’re in the shade.
  • Use extra caution when at higher altitudes. There’s less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.

Experts with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York also say it’s important to get plenty of sleep, and hydration is key.

Everyone is reminded not to leave pets or children in hot vehicles, and you’re encouraged to keep an eye on your friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, for any signs of heat stress. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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