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Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

The summer months have arrived! Warmer weather and no school are the perfect combination for fun.  For many, summer means spending more time outdoors engaging in activities such as swimming, sports, hiking, barbecuing, yard games, yard work and so much more.  However, with the summer fun comes a need for some caution and education to stay safe and healthy.  Here are a few tips to staying safe in the summer sun and heat.

Sun Safety

The sun is very powerful, especially during the summer months when spending more time outside.  It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.  Here are a few tips to staying sun safe:

  • keep in the shade when at all possible
  • wear sunscreen and reapply it regularly when outside
  • wear protective clothing
  • utilize a hat and sunglasses

Heat Safety

Even if you are careful to stay out of the direct sun, summer heat can be a concern as well. Under normal conditions, our bodies are made to regulate our temperature with the help from our sweat.  However, if exposed to high temperatures, our bodies have difficulty and we put ourselves at risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Here a few tips to keeping cool in the summer heat:

  • limit your exposure to the outdoors when temperatures are high
  • drink plenty of fluids consistently, even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • wear lose clothing and clothing made of cool materials
  • schedule frequent breaks in a cooler area if working or playing outside

Stay tuned for more summer safety tips to help you make the most of your summer activities and plans.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/heat

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