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Summer Safety Tips from the American Cancer Society, the Douglas County Health Department, the CDC, and Your Health Team

Cassie Williams
June 28 2018

Summer Safety Tips from the American Cancer Society, the Douglas County Health Department, the CDC, and Your Health Team.

Summer is a wonderful time for getting outdoor exercise and having fun, yet it can include some risks. Your Health Team has a few thoughts to share on how to more safely enjoy your outdoor time and seasonal activities. Today, we’ll summarize just two. Wishing you a safe and healthy summer!

Sun Safety

We used to call it a “healthy glow”, but now we know that too much sun exposure can have some very unhealthy results. Consequently, “Seek Shade” is the new buzz word. Then, when we are going to be in the sun, the American Cancer Society offers this clever reminder on how to produce more shade-like conditions and protect ourselves from harmful UV rays.

  • Slip on a shirt. Protection of clothing varies, but covered skin is more protected than uncovered skin.
  • Slop on sunscreen. Use ample amounts of at least 30 SPF.
  • Slap on a hat. Broad brims are best, and some hats have an SPF rating.
  • Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them.

Bug Safety

Along with being irritating spoilers for outdoor activities, some mosquitoes and ticks can carry potentially debilitating diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and Lyme Disease. Naturally, we want to protect ourselves and our families as much as we can. Here’s how:

  • You can apply a mosquito repellent that includes DEET, and the CDC also has approved picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. The CDC generally recommends you apply sunscreen before repellant when using both. Products that combine sunscreen and repellent are not recommended.
  • Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts, plus pants, shoes and socks when outdoors.
  • Avoid outdoor activity around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Remove standing water or report it to the Health Department for treatment.

 

Happy summer to you all!