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How to make your summer safe

Summer can bring warmth, sun and fun. But don't forget to add safety.

Summer fun, fitness, health and safety should be a package deal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC offers the following advice for a healthful summer.

Sun safety

Protect yourself from summer heat, UV rays and an increased risk of skin cancer by:

  • Using sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
  • Reapplying sunscreen often, especially after swimming.
  • Wearing long sleeves and pants. Beat the heat with clothes that are lightweight, light in color and loose fitting.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Planning strenuous exercise for cooler times of the day.

Water wisdom

Keep your family safe in and around the water by:

  • Having close adult supervision for children swimming or playing near water.
  • Not swimming alone. Teach your kids to always swim with a buddy too.
  • Never drinking alcohol while swimming, boating, water skiing or supervising children.
  • Planning swimming lessons for yourself and children older than 1 year.
  • Maintaining your pool to avoid spreading infectious illnesses. Also avoid swallowing pool, lake or river water.

Food facts

Pay attention to food safety during the warm months:

  • Cook all meat, poultry and fish thoroughly. Use a thermometer to make sure food is cooked all the way through.
  • Avoid cross contamination by washing hands, utensils and cutting boards well after touching raw meat.
  • Put leftovers in the refrigerator right away to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Wash produce well before eating it.

reviewed 10/18/2019

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