Summer can be immensely enjoyable – the weather is warm and many of us vacation with family and friends, spending the longer days outdoors. While these warmer months bring a lot of pleasure, they also raise some safety concerns. Luckily, by following these few tips below, we can be on our way to having a safe, yet fun summer!
Enjoy the Summer Sunshine but Stay Protected!
If the sun’s UV Index is a 3 or higher in your area, protect your skin from too much exposure to the sun. It’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher to protect your skin and yourself from sunburn. It’s important to remember that sunscreen wears off and should be reapplied if you are in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel. Also, be sure to check your sunscreen’s expiration date! Additional ways to protect yourself from the sun include wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs, wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and taking cover under shade.
Beat the Heat by Staying Hydrated
Replenish your fluids often and frequently, as much of our fluids are lost through sweat, especially during the hotter months. According to the CDC, staying hydrated is one of the best ways to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustions. If you’re feeling over exhausted by the heat, be sure to cease activity and take time to rest, drink plenty of fluids and take cover in a cool, air-conditioned or shaded area.
Protect Yourself from Insects
If you spend your summer engaging in outdoor activities, there is a higher risk of getting bitten by a mosquito which can potentially cause disease. Luckily, there are several ways to protect yourself from diseases, such as West Nile virus, that may be transmitted via mosquitos. The LA County West Vector Control District suggests that when outdoors, use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - registered insect repellent that contains one of these four active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Other ways to protect yourself include wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs, emptying sources of standing water outside the home and using mosquito netting when enjoying the outdoors.
Have fun during the summer but most importantly, stay safe!