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How to make your summer safe

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

According to the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), summer fun, fitness, health and safety should be a package deal. To ensure that you and your family create positive, memorable summer vacation experiences together, the CDC offers the following advice on sun, water and food safety.

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 7/17/2019

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.