- UV rays from the sun are the number 1 cause of skin cancer so it is very important to always wear sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher and don't forget to re-apply it as needed.
- Stay hydrated. When you are outside make the effort to drink water at least every half hour.
- Wear a hat.
- Find some shade when you feel that the sun is getting to be too much for you.
- If you do get a sunburn be sure to take care of it properly
- place a cold damp towel on your skin a few times a day
- Use aloe vera gel or a moisturizer containing aloe vera on your skin
- do not touch blisters; allow them to heal
- If you feel very dizzy, nauseous or have flu - like symptoms contact your doctor
- Always go swimming with another person
- Make sure you know how deep the water is
- Follow any rules or precautions that are posted at the beach or swimming pool
- Always wear a life jacket when you are on a boat even if you are an excellent swimmer
- Pay attention to warnings issued by the Department of Health regarding harmful bacteria that may be present in lakes, ponds, etc
- It is very important to keep food at the correct temperature to prevent bacteria from growing. The basic rule of thumb is to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Click on the following link to see the food safety guidelines recommended by the FDA
Keep the Bugs Away
- Wear bug spray.
- You can also wear clip on insect repellents if you do not want to put bug spray on your skin.
- If you live in an area where there are tics, be sure to check for them on your clothes and your body after being outdoors. Tics are responsible for transmitting bacteria that are responsible for certain diseases such as lyme disease. Here is some additional information for dealing with tics
HAVE A FANTASTIC SUMMER!!!