The first day of summer is officially June 21st, but as the temperature rises, it seems like it has started early!
As we all come out of our winter hibernation and start participating in things like swimming, road trips and other outdoor activities, don’t forget to consider these summer safety tips!
Beware of Bugs… If you’ll be exploring wooded areas or camping this season, be sure that insect repellant is part of your preparation plans. Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas carry and transmit a number of serious diseases that could ruin your summer.
Dining Al Fresco… When you’re grilling burgers or chicken, don’t forget to ensure that the meat is fully cooked and that your prep areas are cleaned thoroughly. And, remember—hot foods should stay hot and cold foods should stay cold!
Around the Yard… Make your garden grow—safely! Be careful handling any pesticides or other chemicals, and consider getting a good pair of gloves to protect your hands. And, if you’re like many of us who suffer from seasonal allergies, don’t forget to take your prescribed or over-the-counter medication to avoid breathing complications.
Fun in the Sun… We all know we should wear sunscreen—just be sure to use a minimum of SPF 15! Consider wearing a wide brimmed hat, and protect your eyes with sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.
For more details on these tips and more information about staying safe this summer, visit www.cdc.gov!
Article adapted from http://www.cdc.gov/features/movingoutdoors/.