Keep the longer, warmer days of summer fun-filled and setback-free! Check out the tips below to enjoy your favorite seasonal activities and events while practicing precaution with the sun, heat, and bugs.
A big part of staying safe in the heat and sun is being prepared. Have an idea of how long you will be out in the sun and the heat, and then plan accordingly. Here are some quick tips to remember:
Dehydration is a safety concern, especially during the summer months. Be sure to drink enough liquids throughout the day, as bodies can lose a lot of water through perspiration when it gets hot out. Drinking plenty of water can be part of good nutrition, too. Snacking on water-rich foods like raw fruits and vegetables can also help keep you hydrated.
Without enough fluids, you may experience dehydration. Look for these signs:
Keep an eye out for those most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat, sun, or dehydration—especially young children, older adults, and pets. And, never leave people or animals in a car on a hot day, even with the windows cracked. Visit Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness for more information.
Swimming is an enjoyable way to cool off and exercise, but it also takes extra precautions and vigilance. To lower the risk for water-related injuries or accidents:
Visit Water-Related Injuries to learn more.
Spending time outdoors, and especially during warm weather, may put you in contact with disease-carrying insects. Be prepared and protect yourself with appropriate clothing, repellent, and other gear that can help you Avoid Bug Bites.