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Summer Safety: Apps To Avoid Overheating, Sunburn, and Dehydration

We’re getting into the thick of the summer season, but good summer times can quickly take a turn for the worse if the right precautions aren’t taken, leaving you dehydrated, sunburnt, or just plain nauseous from overdoing it in the heat.

But with the right apps you can avoid big trouble in the summer.

If you’re going to be working or engaged in other physical outdoor activity when it heats up you need the OSHA Heat Safety Tool. The recently updated app allows users to calculate the heat index for a specific location and see risk levels for the day. Users also can set up the Heat Safety Tool to get reminders about drinking enough fluids, when to take breaks, and monitoring for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. The app is free for iOS and Android.

The Ultraviolet app is specific to offering skin protection from the sun. It provides information about UV index levels for a specific location and goes further by recommending sun protection gear and reminders of when to reapply sunscreen. Ultraviolet is free for iOS.

And don’t forget to stay hydrated. For iOS, get Waterlogged. For Android, get Water Your Body. Both are free and work pretty much the same by providing you information about how much water you’ve had to drink and how much you should be drinking based on variable such as age, weight, and gender. You can get alerts, too, so that you know when you’re due for some more.

Check out my report on summer safety apps for NBC-TV below:

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.