Now that the summer months are upon us, it’s time to
have as much fun as possible, but, we need to stay safe
while doing it. With changes in the weather come risks
of sun damage, allergies, and much more. Follow the tip
below for a safe and satisfying summer.
Practice Sun Safety
Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be particularly strong,
apply sunscreen before going outdoors. It needs to be
reapplied throughout the day, especially after strenuous
activity, excessive sweating, or swimming. It is best to
choose a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to provide
the best protection against harmful UVA and UVB
rays. Choose a water-resistant type for the best possible
protection. Wear hats to shield your face from the sun.
Also, protect your eyes with sunglasses and long sleeved
shirt whenever possible. Take frequent breaks from the
sun, seeking shade every so often. Remember between
the hours of 10 am and 3 pm is when the sun is at its
strongest, if possible, don’t be outdoors during this time.
Protect Yourself From Bites
Summer is the season for bug bites, especially ticks, mosquitoes, and bees. Be proactive by using an insect
repellent when you are outdoors. Avoid using scented products during the summer, such as perfume, scented
deodorants, and hairspray, these tend to attract insects. Citronella candles are great for keeping insects at bay
during outdoor events. Protect yourself by covering up as much as possible when spending time outdoors. In
the event that you do get an insect bite, it is essential to have a plan of action. Natural remedies such as tea tree
oil and apple cider vinegar are great for relieving the redness and itching that often comes along with bug bites.
Stay Safe in the Water
Pool time is a favorite pastime during the summer. Pools and the surrounding area can be potentially dangerous,
it is possible to slip, fall, and get injured. Never let children go into the pool unsupervised. Besides having a
fence around the pool, install a pool alarm, which will alert you whenever someone enters the water. Reduce
the risk of infection by keeping the pool water clean at all times, and make sure it is treated and fi ltered
properly. Set rules for the pool area including no running, no diving, have long hair tied up to prevent it from
being caught in fi lters, and never swim alone.
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