Health Tips for the Summer
Health Tips for the Summer Now that warmer weather is upon us, the desire to spend more time outdoors is a no-brainer. However, a broader range of activities also elevates the potential for accidents and injuries. The following health tips (along with a little bit of good, old-fashioned common sense) should help you enjoy all the beauty of nature and the activities of summer while keeping you and your family healthy and safe.
I love a good picnic. The sun, the company, and the food are a good combination if you’re looking for a great time. Just keep in mind that safe food temperatures still apply. Food kept in the “danger zone” (40°F-140°F) for too long allows food borne bacteria to grow enough to cause illness. Remember to keep your cold foods cold, and your hot foods hot!
Grilling Like a Pro
Grilling is a great way to cook during warm weather without heating up the kitchen. No matter what your grilling preference, grills pose a potential danger. If using charcoal, only use charcoal lighter fluid, and never add additional fluid once the coals have been lit. If you have a gas grill, make sure your propane tank is connected properly. Keep pets and children away from grills to prevent burns. Always keep an eye on your grill while it is in use.
Bike, Scooter, Skate, and Pedestrian Safety
If you plan on riding your bike, scooter, skates, or skateboard, don’t forget your safety gear! Helmets, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards will help prevent broken bones and other, more serious injuries. The most common injury from these activities is wrist injuries due to falls. If you do injure your wrist, make sure any wrist brace you purchase is a quality one. When riding your bike, remember your hand signals, and wear light clothing if riding after dusk. Make sure you have reflectors, and a blinking light to alert motorists of your presence. When going for a walk, remember to wear light clothing, and to look both ways before crossing the street.
Health Tips to Protect Yourself from the Sun
During the summer, the sun’s rays are more intense because the sun is closer to the earth. Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation can cause sunburn. If you are out on the water, the sun’s reflection off the water only increases the chance for sunburn. To protect your skin, always wear sunblock with at least an SPF of 35. Apply about 30 minutes prior to going outside, and reapply after sweating, swimming, and at least once every two hours. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, as this is when the sun’s rays are at its strongest.
Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day. They are beautiful to look at, and a fun way to spend America’s birthday. Fireworks are also a safety hazard, as they can be unpredictable. They burn very hot (approximately 1200°F), and can cause burns not only to the skin, but to the eyes as well. When lighting fireworks, light away from face and body, as well as clear of trees and power lines. Never hold a firework once lit. Do not look directly at the flame, as it could damage your retinas. If a firework doesn’t go off right away, do not attempt to reignite it, but instead, douse with water.
If you follow these simple health tips, your summer should be fun, safe, and memorable. Remember Jencyn Medical for all your pain relief and CPAP needs. Also, if you want to spice up those hot summer nights, but need a little assistance, contact Jencyn for all your ED supply needs. Enjoy your summer, and make it the best one yet!