Personal Cool Tips
As the temperatures begin to climb, the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department is reminding its passengers to keep their “Personal Cool” to stay safe and healthy during the summer months.
Tips for transit users to stay heat safe:
- Cover Up: Protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays by your choice of clothing or by using a sunscreen lotion. Make sure babies in strollers are well shaded from the sun; they are less able to move out of the sun's direct rays.
- Carry Portable Shade: Small umbrellas are easy to carry and create shade for you and your children. And there are lots of choices of hats to cover your head to help protect you from the sun.
- Carry Water: Prevent heat exhaustion by drinking lots of water throughout the day, and making sure children do the same. Take water along for the walk, the wait, and the travel on the bus. You can bring plastic drink containers with a hard plastic lid such as water bottles on the bus.
- Limit direct sun exposure during midday: Prolonged exposure to the sun's UV rays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. can be harmful to your skin. If you must be out during this time shade yourself with an umbrella, hat and the right clothing.
- Cut the Wait There is usually more than one way to reach your destination.
- Know your bus departure time: Arrive at your bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to leave.
- The 9th annual Personal Cool campaign supports the FitPHX program the City launched earlier this year to get Phoenix moving toward becoming one of the healthiest cities in the nation.
- View the Personal Cool public service announcement featuring Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Phoenix 11.
- Find out more about Phoenix' health initiative by visiting FitPHX
For more information about using public transit, visit Valley Metro or call 602-253-5000.