Summer is meant for relaxing and recharging, but it’s important to keep your health and well-being in mind. Check out our top tips to stay safe this season!
It goes without saying, but drink lots of water. Bring a bottle with you wherever you go, and try not to substitute soda or beer for H2O. If you’re dehydrated, supplement the water with an electrolyte-enhanced sports drink to prevent hyponatremia (low blood sodium).
Know the Signs of Heat Stroke
Anyone can be affected by heat exhaustion or heat stroke, so it’s important to know the main symptoms: weakness, confusion, headache, nausea, and a rapid heartbeat. If someone you know is sick, call 911 immediately and get the person out of the sun and into the shade. Remove any heavy clothing, and if it’s available, apply ice to the neck.
Avoid heat-related illness by dressing in lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, staying hydrated, and taking frequent breaks during physical activity.
Keep an Eye out for Ticks
There are all kinds of bugs that come out in full force during the summer months, but ticks are one to watch out for as they carry diseases like Lyme and can be hard to see due to their small size. There are a few things you can do to prevent having to deal with a tick: spray an insect repellent containing DEET on yourself to ward them off, wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot them, and shower within 2 hours of coming inside.
Leave Fireworks to the Pros
It might look fun to set off your own fireworks, but thousands of people are badly injured during the summer months every year trying to do just that. Even sparklers pose major risks. If you have your heart set on a pyrotechnics show, go to your local public fireworks display instead.
Wear sunscreen and lip balm that advertises broad-spectrum protection and has an SPF (sun protective factor) of at least 30, even when you’re not at the beach. Don’t forget to reapply it every 2 hours and after swimming!
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