Health News

Summer Safety

For many of us, summer signifies the time for ultimate relaxation. Running around in the sun, vacations at the beach, and indulging in all the frozen treats we can get our hands on. Because of the increased outdoor activity, many diseases and health risks peak during the summer months.

Insect stings, bites, allergic reactions, and diseases transmitted by insects can be prevented by using precautions:

  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET
  • Avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk
  • When using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and then repellent
  • Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items that hold water

Outdoor BBQs are a summer staple but can be a breeding ground for food borne illnesses. Before you fire up the grill be sure to:

  • Wash your hands before and after handling food
  • Keep cutting boards, dishes, and countertops clean when preparing food
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, or seafood separated from cooked items
  • Cook meat and poultry to a safe internal temperature before serving
  • Refrigerate leftovers (and any type of food that should be refrigerated) within two hours of serving

Sunburn can lead to pain, melanoma, and skin cancers. However, sunburn is an easily preventable situation if you take the proper precautions:

  • Wear protective eye and head wear
  • Apply and re-apply sunscreen as prescribed
  • Remember to keep hydrated and not stay in direct sun for prolonged periods of time

Be sure to look out for small symptoms that may develop into illnesses and dangerous diseases. By being self-aware, you can catch something potentially unhealthy and bring it up to a doctor before it turns into a problem. Summer is about leisure time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors while being precautious, and keeping yourself safe by being educated about your health.