The city is having a quiet month as council is on recess and the summer is in full swing. During the summer months it is clear to see why this area is known as the Valley of the Sun. The sun wakes us up in the morning and puts us to bed at night. We have intense heat from the summer sun that radiates down to bring even our sidewalks to extreme temperatures! The sun damages and fades a multitude of objects and our skin is no exception.
I’m sure you all know the hazards of UV rays, but as a friendly reminder, sun safety is important. One simple measure to reduce the risk of over exposure to the sun is limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wearing clothing to cover the skin as well as hats and sunglasses is another effective way of protection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clothing made from tightly woven fabric offers the best protection. Dry and dark clothing also offers more protection than wet or light colored clothing. A typical T-shirt has an SPF rating of lower than 15, so please use other types of sun protection as well. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher to protect against UVA and UVB rays. They also suggest to use sunscreen daily and reapply every two hours of being in the sun.
The summer also brings many heat-related illnesses to our area. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes are just a few. These are caused by a body’s inability to cool down properly. The body normally cools by sweating, but sometimes sweating isn’t enough. These illnesses are preventable if you stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest days, wear light and loose fitting clothing, drink water as often as possible, avoid unnecessary hard work outside, and avoid unnecessary sun exposure.
Avoid walking around barefoot and also be careful when touching door handles and other metal objects as they heat up very quickly. This summer, while you are enjoying outdoor activities, I urge you to take proper sun safety precautions and always have water close by.
4th of July
The City of Surprise will be hosting its 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The festivities will take place at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N Bullard Ave, as the Surprise Stadium will be undergoing renovations. This is a free event that will feature live music, food trucks, games, contests and more. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks display at 8:40 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate Independence Day with the city.
Sun City Grand residents are urged to obey traffic laws and restrictions. Please be mindful of your surroundings to help ensure a safe neighborhood!
I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Classroom. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on in the city and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.