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Summertime Safety

Be Safe for Summer Fun

Summertime is upon us. School is out for kids, and the weather is warming up which leads to increased activity outside. It would be wise to prepare for summertime activities with some safety precautions. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Supply everything you need for a safe trip or just to safely enjoy your leisure time outdoors.

Summertime preparedness includes (but is not limited to):

  • staying hydrated
  • protecting the skin
  • defending against insects
  • packing the right clothing and equipment
  • water safety
  • proper food preparation and
  • being aware of potential environmental hazards.

According to the American Red Cross, when hiking in the mountains, “falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared.” Be aware of your surroundings such as cliffs, steep slopes and the like, and make sure to stay close to the designated trails. Be sure to stay hydrated and by bringing water to drink, especially while away from civilization. Hiking can be especially dangerous without the proper supplies, food, and water. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are a real danger.

To protect against the sun a helpful resource is the UV Index Search provided by The Environmental Protection Agency allows you to see the level of ultraviolet radiation in your area. Be sure to stay in the shade, wear sunglasses, hats, and clothing that keeps your skin protected. Try to avoid being out in the most intense hours of the day. Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is recommended to those with sensitive skin. Apply sunscreen regularly.

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For more information about Summer Safety tips visit these websites:

http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/local/north-carolina/eastern-northern-carolina/Summer-Safety-Red-Cross-Issues-Tips-On-How-to-Have-a-Safe-Summer

https://www.epa.gov/enviro/uv-index-search

http://eirmc.com/online-tools/summer-health-safety.dot

 

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