From beach getaways to camping trips, fireworks, and pool time, summer is full of exciting outdoor activities. But all of summer’s outdoor fun comes with the risk of illnesses caused by the sun, high temperatures and even those pesky summer bugs. So before you head outside with your family summer, make sure you’re prepared by following these simple but effective safety tips.
Prevent Heat Illness
Warm weather is usually a good thing in summertime, but sometimes that warmth turns to extreme heat that can cause damage to your health. To prevent heat illness or even heat stroke, keep yourself cool by staying indoors at the hottest time of the day and performing physical activities out in the heat. Always stay hydrated and never leave your kids or pets in a parked car.
Shield the Sun
Summertime is all about fun in the sun, but it’s important to protect your skin from sunburn before you go outside. Always use SPF 15 or greater and reapply it after swimming or every two hours. Protect your eyes and face by wearing a hat and sunglasses and always give yourself a shady place to retreat. The sun’s rays are strongest between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so plan your outdoor activities before and after those times to ensure a safe and comfortable summer for your entire family.
Beat the Bugs
Always use insect repellents with 10 to 30-percent DEET on kids and adults older than 2 months. Repellents containing DEET can keep you and your family safe from insect-related illnesses like Lyme Disease or the West Nile Virus.
Whenever your family is headed out for a day at the beach, pool, river or lake, plan to visit areas that have a lifeguard on duty. And even if there is a lifeguard on duty where you’ll be playing, keep an eye on your kids the entire time they’re in the water.
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