Summer is officially here, and it’s time to have fun in the sun! Whether you’re packing a suitcase this summer or grilling by the pool, we’re here to make sure you stay healthy all season long. In today’s blog post, I want to share a few safety tips to keep you and your family happy and healthy this summer.
For the outdoor lovers:
Summer is a great time to get outside. Although time in nature is beneficial for both your mental and physical health, there are some extra precautions you need to take.
- You should apply SPF each and every day, but it’s even more important in the summer. Dangerous UV rays are especially intense when the days are longer. Remember that a single sunburn increases your skin cancer risk.
- Stay hydrated! The elevated heat, beating sun, and outdoor activities are the perfect storm for sun-related illnesses, like sun strokes and sun poisoning. Make sure to pack extra waters on beach trips and hikes — you won’t be sorry!
- Check for ticks after going outdoors, especially in wooded areas. Pay special attention to under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, back of the knees, in and around hair, between the legs, and around the waist. If a tick is found, grab some tweezers and pinch the bug as close to your skin as possible. Pull straight up, and ensure that the entire body is removed. Dispose of the tick and watch for fevers or rashes that may develop in the coming weeks. If you notice any side effects, contact your primary care physician immediately.
For the foodies:
It’s grilling season! If you love to play host and gather with your loved ones around a delicious meal, be sure to check out these food safety tips.
- We know how hard it can be to be meticulous while entertaining and having fun with friends but try your best not to cross-contaminate your items. Keep raw meats away from each other and other foods to decrease the risk of food poisoning.
- Although it may not seem like a big deal to leave food out for the entirety of an event, you shouldn’t leave perishable food out for longer than two hours. Make sure to refrigerate leftovers after that window to avoid getting sick..
- Don’t forget to wash your hands often while preparing food to limit the spread of disease and illnesses.
For the travelers:
Many of us are excited to start traveling again. Don’t get too excited and throw all of your safety habits out the window though. Here is a quick refresher as you prepare for your next trip.
- Let’s start with basic vehicle safety. If you’re headed on a long road trip, be prepared to pull over and take a break for bad weather. Additionally, if you begin to get sleepy, it’s time to stop! Always wear your seatbelt, follow the speed limit, and make sure that your car is properly serviced before hitting the road.
- Do your research. Learn about local restrictions, water drinking status, proper modes of transportation, and more before you arrive.
- Wash your hands frequently and opt for travel packs of hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes to decrease your risk of illnesses.
Wishing you a happy and healthy summer from Platinum Primary Care!