Summer’s here and with it comes beach days, relaxation, family fun and special safety concerns.
But with all that fun, does come possible concerns.
The heat alone can take it’s toll on us. Children and adults alike.
Summer Safety Tips
- Hydration, hydration, hydration! No matter what you’re doing throughout the day, stay hydrated. You sweat out so much in the summer, you need to make sure your body is getting the hydration it needs. Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water steadily; don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol which cause us to lose water more rapidly
- Take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors in an air conditioned space
- Wear loose fitting, lightly colored and lightweight clothes
- Protect yourself and your children from excessive exposure to the sun, and especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Use sunscreen or sun block with an SPF of 15 or higher. When applying sunscreen or sunblock, pay special attention to exposed parts such as the face, neck, shoulders, back and tops of feet.
- Minimize use of heat-generating appliances like stoves or ovens
- Exercise outdoors as little as possible. If you must exercise outdoors, only exercise in the early morning hours, before 8 a.m
- Have cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Don’t leave any children or pets in hot vehicles
- Wear sunglasses for protection. They protect your eyes against the sun’s UV rays, which could otherwise lead to cataracts.
- Avoid the bugs – and their bite. A helpful tip is to avoid being outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, but if you decide to go out, just be sure to use an insect repellent . Keep in mind that ticks are often found along trail edges, mostly in wooded areas or tall grass. Light-colored clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes and allows you to see ticks more easily. And always be sure to treat any bites you have.
Above all else, ENJOY YOUR SUMMER 🙂