Summer Health Safety Tips

Parents carrying son on shoulders on beach vacation, following summer health safety tips

Summer is here! 

That means gorgeous weather, plenty of sunshine, and outdoor activities with friends and family. However, this summer will look different than most as we continue to fight the coronavirus.

As the temperatures rise and more people begin to resume “normal” activities, we’re sharing important summer health safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this time. 

When Heading Out, Wear a Mask 

The most important safety tip we can provide is to remember that we’re still living through a pandemic, and to continue taking this virus seriously. 

As much as the summer weather may tempt you to spend more time outside – if you do, always make sure to wear a mask. It can be slightly uncomfortable if you’re playing outside in the heat. However, a mask protects you and the people around you from contracting COVID-19. 

Check out the CDC’s guidelines on how to properly wear your cloth face covering or mask. 

Prevent Playtime Injuries

Whether you are going for a run, going on a hike, or even taking your children to a park, it’s important to properly warm up the body before engaging in any intense physical activity. This will prevent injuries from happening. 

The best way to do this is by stretching beforehand, warming-up with an easier activity, and also to make sure to stretch again when you’re heading back inside. 

Pack Sunscreen and Plenty of Water

The sunshine and warm temperatures may be one of the best parts about the summer, but it can also be one of the dangerous. To prevent yourself or your loved ones from getting skin cancer in the future, heat rashes, and other uncomfortable sun-related issues, make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen before heading out. Make sure you are applying sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, and has a SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. 

In addition, always pack extra water so that you can stay hydrated and avoid overheating. Remember, to stay hydrated even all throughout the day. On average, you should try and drink half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. 

Encourage Safety Around Water

Water is an essential part of the summertime, whether you’re cooling down in a pool or swimming in the ocean. However, water can be a dangerou during this time of the year, especially for younger children. 

The signs of drowning may not be what you think (i.e. splashing, calling out for help). Sometimes drowning happens hours after the pool and when deadly water has had enough time to damage the lungs. 

To prevent anything happening to you or your loved ones, especially during the summer months, practice safety around water. Keep an eye on any children, encourage taking frequent breaks from the water, do not go into a pool, lake, or ocean alone or without any supervision, and make sure not to allow anyone to go deeper in the water than they can handle. 

If you would like to speak to our team further about summer health safety tips, click here to get in contact with us or call 770-463-4644.