Summer is in full swing, which means plenty of time enjoying the outdoors. However, don’t forget to protect yourself and your family against summer risks.
Time in the sun brings many risks, particularly skin and eye damage from the sun’s rays. Remember these tips:
- Always wear sunscreen with at least 15 SPF and reapply often (read the label for specifics). Use SPF 30 or higher for children.
- Protect skin when the sun is strongest (10 am to 4 pm) – stay in the shade if possible or under an umbrella or large-brimmed hat.
- Always wear sunglasses with 100percent UV protection when outdoors to protect your eyes.
- Check your medications – some increase sun sensitivity so you may need to take extra precautions.
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High summer temperatures can cause illnesses such as heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. This risk is even greater if engaging in physical activity or working in hot weather. Make sure to:
- Drink plenty of fluids, but not caffeine or alcohol. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Try to schedule vigorous activities for early morning or evening hours.
- If you are being active in the heat,take time to rest in the shade or indoors, and pay attention to your body. Don’t overdo it!
- Never leave children in a parked car, even with the windows open.
Summer is the perfect time for days at the pool, at the beach or out on the lake – just remember to keep the kids safe!Always closely supervise children playing in or near the water. Kids who cannot swim should wear approved life vests, even when in boats or near water.If you have a backyard pool, keep it fenced in and locked so your or other children do not accidentally fall in.