Smart Summer Safety

Wednesday, July 08 at 09:40 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Summer may be a short season, but the longer days and warmer temperatures make it the best time of year to get outside and enjoy life. But before you put on your bathing suit or get out your gardening tools, here are some smart ways to stay safe this summer:

Stay hydrated. If you're planning to exercise outside or are out and about on a hot day, remember that increased activity and warmer temperatures could lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke if you're not careful. That's why it's so important for you to drink plenty of water. Expert recommendations vary, but the Institute for Medicine recommends 13 cups of water a day for men and 9 for women. If you're planning a strenuous or long outdoor activity, such as hiking or running, be sure to take plenty of water with you.

Protect yourself from the sun. Though sun protection should be practiced year round, you must be extra careful during the summer when the sun's rays are the strongest. Be sure to apply sunscreen regularly, and to protect sometimes forgotten spots, such as your lips, scalp, hands, and feet.

Protect yourself from bugs. If you plan to garden or do yard work, be sure to cover up to limit exposure to ticks and mosquitoes. If you or your family members are partaking in outdoor activities, apply bug spray and check each other for ticks, which can carry diseases.

Stay inside during storms. Summer is famous for bringing unpredictable weather, such as thunder and lightning. Stay inside when you can and be sure to avoid water and open spaces during storms. Pay attention to weather warnings and reports to ensure you're prepared for what Mother Nature might throw at you.

Practice water safety. Make sure to swim only in places where lifeguards are on duty, and never swim alone. If you have children, sign them up for swim lessons and ensure they are never left unattended near water. If you go boating or canoeing, give each person with you a life jacket to wear.

Summer is only here for a few more precious weeks. Make the most of it by being safe.
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