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Essential Summer Safety Tips

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. So here’s a roundup of summer safety tips to keep your vacation on track.


Insect Bites
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

Backyard BBQ
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

Sun Safety
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; don’t the neck and hands
Remember to keep hydrated and not stay in direct sun for prolonged periods of time

Swim Safety
With more time spent pool side this summer, now is the time of year to have your little one take swim lessons or brush on their technic. If you plan on hosting a pool party, make sure there is constant supervision by rotating turns pool watching among adults.