By Mary Coupland
One of my favorite seasons, and that's not just because my birthday is in July either :)
It's a time of year when everyone seems more relaxed, watermelon & bbq's are plentiful, there are lots of outdoor concerts, and the extra long hours of sunlight allow our calendars to fill up with more social time.
So here's some friendly tips so you can enjoy a fun summer while staying safe in the sun and water:
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when you're spending time outdoors in the heat. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary or alcoholic beverages, as they can dehydrate you.
Wear sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you're swimming or sweating.
Seek shade: Take breaks from direct sunlight by spending time in shaded areas. This will help prevent sunburns and overexposure to UV rays.
Dress appropriately: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your skin to minimize sun exposure. Don't forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
Limit sun exposure during peak hours: The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If possible, plan outdoor activities for earlier or later in the day when the sun is less intense.
Stay cool: Beat the heat by staying in air-conditioned areas or using fans. If you don't have access to these, cool off with cold showers, misting yourself with water, or using cold compresses.
Be cautious in the water: Whether you're swimming in a pool, lake, or ocean, it's essential to prioritize safety. Follow these guidelines:
Swim in designated areas with a lifeguard present.
Avoid swimming alone and always supervise children.
Learn basic swimming and water safety skills.
Use proper flotation devices if needed.
Be aware of currents, tides, and any warning signs.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption when swimming.
Stay informed about water quality: Before swimming in natural bodies of water, check local advisories or signage regarding water quality. Avoid swimming in areas with known pollution or contamination.
Learn CPR and basic first aid: Having knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid techniques can be valuable in case of emergencies, especially when spending time near water.
Stay insect-safe: Protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants when appropriate, and avoiding stagnant water areas.
Remember to have fun, relax, and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer season!