The weather is beautiful, and the water is warm. Do not let an accident or illness ruin your summer fun.
Summer offers numerous opportunities for entertainment and adventure, but it comes with its own unique risks. Help keep your family safe and healthy this season with the following tips:
- Cover up. Wide-brimmed hats and lightweight, light-colored clothing can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated helps regulate your body’s internal temperature and keep you from getting sick. Remember to increase your fluid intake when spending time outside, especially if you are physically active.
- Slather on broad-spectrum sunscreen. Choose a product with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours.
- Use insect repellent. A variety of diseases, such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and Zika, can be transmitted through bug bites.
- Stay alert. Supervise children whenever they are in or around water. If you have a pool at home, install a fence that completely surrounds it.
- Practice good hygiene. Showering before swimming and regularly washing your hands can help keep germs from spreading in the pool.
- Buckle up. Make sure everyone wears a properly fitted, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while out on the water in a recreational vessel.
If you or a family member experience symptoms of a heat-related illness, the emergency departments at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are there for you. For more information, call 715.717.4222.
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