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Happy first day of Summer. Even though I’ve been celebrating summer time for a little while now. With the official return of summer today, I thought I would share a few summer safety tips for you and your family. During these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer we sometimes forget to practice summer safety.
Here are 5 important summer safety tips to pack along with the burgers, dogs, and ice cream.
Don’t be a flop
I know we all love them and they are so quick and easy to slip on. And I am super guilty of slipping them on for many activities that really require other shoes. However, some of the really flimsy ones are not very practical so when I do wear flip flops I get the ones that have a little more cushion. Like these from Amazon. I have a couple pair of these Clarks Flip Flops and I do love them. They are super comfy and provide a good amount of cushion.
The cheap flimsy flip flops can be good for the occasional short walk to the beach or pool. But if you are out and about for the day, say walking, hiking or other sports or activities, then be sure to wear the proper shoes for the activity at hand.
No Burn Here
Always, always, always wear sunscreen. I know we don’t really want to take the time to apply sunscreen but it is a necessity, especially during midday when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Also, if possible wear a hat and don’t forget the sunglasses.
Sunburns can really hurt and make a person feel bad. No one wants that. So always take the time to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors.
My favorite brand is Sunology. It is fragrance free and is infused with natural moringa oil, especially good for sensitive skin. It is water resistant up to 80 minutes and it is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free and it is also recommended by the EWG (Environment Working Group).
I purchased mine from Amazon. You can check out the different Sunology varieties and SPF’s, including ones for kids and babies.
Feel the Heat
When it is extremely hot, it is best to avoid outdoor exercising. For myself, I am getting up about 30 minutes earlier each day so I can take advantage of the cooler morning temps outside or wait until it cools down in the evening to do any strenuous outdoor exercising.
Also, drink plenty of water. Children and older adults are especially vulnerable to getting sick from the heat. Their bodies just don’t cool down as fast as others do.
When I am outdoors during the daytime, I keep my Yeti filled with ice and water. It stays very cold for long periods of time.
Also, don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water if they stay outdoors or if they are outside very long.
Good Food..Safe Food
As the summer heats up, make sure not to leave your salads, sandwiches, pastas and other summer dishes sitting out too long. It doesn’t take long in extreme hot temperatures for foods to go bad. Especially foods that contain mayonnaise based ingredients or meats that are left out too long before cooking or grilling. The last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room.
Don’t Bug Me
Yes, it’s summer and yes the bugs are back. If you are going to be outdoors much this summer, then you need to get a good repellent or make your own. Including this one that I found on Pinterest. You can check it out here.
As you know in some parts of the country, mosquitoes carry the Zika virus, which can be harmful to unborn children. Some also carry the West Nile virus. I found this natural mosquito repellent on Amazon. I haven’t tried it, but it did have good reviews.
Be aware of ticks as well. Especially if hiking is on your list of things to do this summer. Ticks can carry Lyme disease which is difficult to diagnose and is sometimes misdiagnosed for other ailments. Be sure to check yourself, your kids and your pets.
And don’t forget the bees and wasps. Not only are their stings painful, but if you are allergic it can become a serious situation.
When I was around 8 years old I was stung 16 times by honey bees. Mostly on my lower legs. I was outside feeding my cat and it stirred up a nest and they swarmed me. My mother had to chase me around the yard. She took me to the emergency room and thank goodness I wasn’t severally allergic to them. But they did keep me for several hours just to make sure.
Also, don’t forget to keep a good first aid kit on hand for cuts, scrapes and minor abrasions. Not just a summer safety tip, but a good all around tip for everyone.
Happy first day of Summer and keep it safe.