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Summer Safety Tips

Summer is here, the weather is warmer, and the days are longer. The summer is full of opportunities for fun and fitness and is the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy outdoor activities. But we also have to keep in mind that summer brings potential health and safety issues. With awareness and planning, we can minimize any potential problems that could put a damper on our summer fun. Here are a few things you should keep in mind to have a safe and healthy summer season.

Travel Safety

As restrictions lift and businesses reopen, more people are going out. It’s important to protect yourself and others as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Get vaccinated. Even if you’re vaccinated, you may want to take precautions to increase your comfort level. Consider a mode of transportation that minimizes contact with large groups. Take along sanitizer, masks, and cleaning supplies, and remember to wash your hands often.

Heat Safety

The summer brings longer days and more exposure to heat and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Stay hydrated, particularly if you exercise or are very active. Use sunscreen and remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming. Wear a hat and sunglasses to reduce exposure, and take breaks to cool off. Never leave a child or pet in a hot car.

Water Safety

When swimming in a pool or at the beach, do not swim alone. Always swim in a safe place. Even if lifeguards are present, adults should actively supervise children and new swimmers. Know your limits. Don’t try to do more than you are capable of. Always wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when you’re on a boat.

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