Summer is here and that means it’s a good time to go outside and enjoy the weather. Whether you are relaxing in the backyard, turning up your garden, hitting the pool, lake or beach, or exploring the great outdoors, here are some ways to help keep you and your family healthy this summer:
- Warmer temperatures are attractive to mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. To prevent the illnesses that can come with these, use an appropriate insect and tick repellen and apply it properly. Prime mosquito-biting hours are usually from dusk to dawn, but ticks are out at all times. Young ticks are so small that they can be difficult to see. To keep ticks at a distance, avoid high grassy and leaf-litter places, and use a repellant that has 20% DEET. Once you come back indoors, shower or bathe promptly and check for ticks. Wash and tumble dry your clothing as well as check pets for ticks.
- When grilling outdoors, use a meat thermometer to make sure that you cook meat and poultry thoroughly. Ground beef should be cooked to 160 degrees F in order to kill germs found in raw and undercooked meat. For downloadable tips see: Safe Food Handling: Seven Super Steps to Safe Food In the Summer.
- Protect yourself and your family from recreational water illnesses by doing your part to keep germs out of the pool. Do not swim if you have diarrhea, don’t swallow pool water, and wash hands after using the toilet. For sun safety, avoid bing outdoors during the midday if the sun is intense, use sunscreen with at least SPF 15, cover up with clothing, wear a brimmed hat and wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB. Be aware of the signs of heat stress.
All of this is to remind you how to enjoy summer and be safe and healthy.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov