As temperatures are high across the nation, it is important to remember to stay cool and hydrated. Follow the tips below to make the best of your health and your summer!
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on all skin likely to be exposed to the sun to start your day. And, go out in style with attire that will protect you from the sun (hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, and pants).
- Pack a water bottle before you head out and drink, drink, drink (but not caffiene or alcohol)! Hydration is key to staying safe in the sun. Click here to learn more about the importance of hydration and myths about heat stress. If you work outdoors, make sure to download this Heat Safety App from OSHA.
- Learn what you should do if you get sunburns, blisters, and bug bites.
- The water sure is lovely this time of year, but make sure you know how to keep yourself and your children safe when around it! Never swim alone, and never leave a child alone in the water. Learn more water safety tips.
- No air conditioning? Check out these suggestions on how to cool down. But, make sure to head to a place with air-conditioning if your home becomes too hot. And, keep an eye on senior friends and relatives as they are more susceptible to dehydration!
- This one’s for the kids. Check out KidsHealth.org Summer Safety Center for tips on everything from bike safety to riptides in a kid friendly format.
Many of us will travel long distances to see family and friends this Thanksgiving, and with increased traffic on the road, it is important for everyone to keep safety in mind while traveling.
- Check the National Traffic and Road Closure website to find out about road closures due to weather or road construction, and traffic conditions before hitting the road or have a passenger monitor changing conditions
- Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel by having it serviced and checking fluid levels, tire pressure and wipers
- Plan ahead by printing out directions and knowing exit numbers as well as double checking your car emergency kit to make sure it has everything you need in case of an emergency
- Don’t drive drunk OR drowsy. Plan to have a designated driver if you will be drinking and make sure to get plenty of rest to avoid driving while sleepy. If necessary, take a nap in your car at a safe location.
- OR Distracted. Never text while driving and try to avoid any activity that doesn’t leave both of your hands free while driving. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident.
- Wear your seatbelt. This can help reduce the chance of injury in an accident by up to 45%
- Know what to do in poor weather conditions. Ice, snow and rain all make driving more dangerous. Make sure you know how to drive safely in these conditions, or pull off the road until weather improves
- Slow down. Make sure to leave plenty of room between yourself and other cars (especially semis) and remember that your safety comes before getting to your destination
- * Lastly, for anyone driving to areas with heavy deer populations.Make sure to:
- Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the dark hours of fall
- Remember that deer often travel in groups, so do not assume that all is clear if one deer has already passed
- Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more serious crash.
Useful tips were taken from: here, here, and here