This summer has seen record-breaking temperatures consume much of the country, making sun safety an even more important precaution than ever before.

The sun’s harmful rays can cause a myriad of issues, including heat stroke, sun poisoning, sunburns and even skin cancer. Due to climate change, this isn’t the same sun many people stayed under until the street lights came on. Its intensity has the potential to cause harm to those who have never experienced sun safety issues, including people with more melanin than others.

Blavity sat down with Dr. C. Nicole Swiner, a Durham, N.C. family physician, six-time best-selling author and blogger, to discuss ways to beat the summer heatwaves.