Summer Safety Tips
-Don’t forget the sunscreen! Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Apply at least SPF 15 with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection prior to going outside, and then reapply every two hours while in the sun. Not only does sunscreen help prevent burns, it also protects us from developing skin cancer. You may also consider wearing a hat, long-sleeved cover-up and sunglasses. The UV rays are strongest at midday so seek shelter or find shade from a tree, umbrella or pop-up tent during this time.
–Water safety is very important as we enjoy spending time at the pool, beach or lake in the summer. Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4. Children should always be supervised when in or around water. Teach kids to swim. Consider formal swim lessons. The CDC recommends home pools be secured with a fence. Learning CPR could save a life. Recreational boating is another popular summer activity. Make sure each person has a coast guard-approved life jacket and is following all boating guidelines.
–Protect yourself and your family from bug bites. Use EPA-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), Para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. Do not use products containing OLE or PMD on children under 3 years old. Mosquitoes lay eggs in or near water. Look for places around your house where water can accumulate. Take action to turn over, cover or throw out items that hold water. Ticks can also be a concern in the warmer months. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. If you have been to a potentially tick-infested area, take the following steps to prevent tickborne diseases: examine your clothes and gear, shower within 2 hours of coming inside and do a full body scan to locate any unattached ticks.