Outdoor Safety Tips

August 8, 2014

Staying Safe Outdoors

Summertime is a great time to step outside and enjoy the sunshine and mild temperatures. Whether you choose to relax by a pool, get back to nature on a hike, or tend a garden – keep yourself and your family safe and healthy with the following tips:

  • Beware of bugs! Use an insect repellant that contains DEET to keep bugs from biting.
  • Dress appropriately to avoid overheating during exercise, getting too much sun, or getting soaked by a passing shower.
  • Prevent sunburn by applying sunscreen prior to going outdoors and reapplying often. Wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat provide additional protection.
  • Wear gloves to protect your skin from irritants, cuts, and contaminants while gardening.
  • Always take a companion along when hiking or exploring the great outdoors. If you prefer to be alone, be sure to let someone know the details of your planned activity.
  • Learn basic first aid skills and always have a small first aid kit available to you.
  • Keep hydrated!
  • Take precautions in the heat. Find shade or go indoors if you start to feel overheated.
  • Be familiar with signs of more serious heat-related illnesses including confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, and rapid heart rate. Get to a cooler environment and seek medical attention right away if you experience any of these symptoms.

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