Perhaps warm sunshine and blue skies make you want to go outside and run. Check out our list of running tips to keep you safe while you\u2019re outdoors.\n\n \n \n10 Safety Tips for Running in the Summer\nLighten up:\u00a0Synthetic fabrics with moisture-wicking properties are best.\n\u201cClothing is the key to a comfortable run in the summer,\u201d said Mamta Patel, MD, UPMC Family Medicine.\n\u201cChoose lightweight and comfortable fabrics like cotton, linen, or synthetic material designed for summer.\u00a0 Stay away from fabrics like silk. Choose lighter colors which reflect light as opposed to darker shades which retain more heat.\u201d\nTiming is everything:\u00a0When it\u2019s really hot, consider running early in the day or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and the sun is not at its peak.\nBeware of humidity: Humidity can affect your performance. Run based on effort rather than pace when it’s hot and humid. The higher the dew point, the more uncomfortable it will feel outside.\nSport your shades: Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them.\nMake sure you’re noticeable:\u00a0If you decide to run before dawn or after dusk to beat the heat, make sure you wear items that keep you visible to drivers. Look for a reflective running vest at a sporting goods store near you.\nFind your favorite headgear: \u00a0Hats and visors keep the sun out of your eyes and can also serve as additional sun protection. Bonus: They also keep sweat off your face.\nThink about friction:\u00a0To prevent painful chafing, apply petroleum jelly to where your skin rubs together or where your clothing rubs on your skin.\nConsider talking with your primary care doctor before you start a running regimen. For more information, or to find a primary care doctor, visit www.UPMC.com\/PCP or call 1-855-676-UPMCPCP.\u00a0\nCool down: For long runs, you may want to consider using a cooling towel to help keep your body temperature down and to wipe away sweat. You also can put your water bottle in the freezer the night before and take it with you. As the ice melts, you’ll have cold water during your run.\nMake sure you’re covered:\u00a0It’s important to\u00a0keep exposed skin protected from the sun’s rays. Make sure to apply sunblock about 30 minutes before you head outside. There are some sunscreen brands that are specially formulated for sweaty athletes.\nRELATED:\u00a0Winter Sport Safety Tips\u00a0\nStay hydrated: \u201cCarry enough water with you during your run to avoid getting dehydrated,\u201d Dr. Patel said. \u201cLook out for symptoms of heat exhaustion which include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and muscle cramps.\u201d \u00a0Call your doctor if you notice any of those symptoms.