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Published on June 05, 2014

Dr. Mom’s Five Tips for a Safe Summer

Prepare for a safe and successful summer with the family by following Dr. Mom’s five tips.

Summertime is in full swing! The sun is shining, the kids are out playing and grills are back where they belong, cooking up food on the deck or in the yard. To keep the good times rolling, it’s important to remember the risks these outdoor activities present and the best way to avoid them.  Fortunately, Dr. Mom has you covered.

1. Get ready for the sun: Long hot days can take a toll on your body if it’s not getting enough water. Hydrate yourself when you know you’ll be outside for long periods of time and carry around a water bottle whenever possible. Remember, even on cloudy days the sun’s rays can leave a nasty sunburn. Lather up with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Light and long clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses can also play a part in protecting your skin and keeping you healthy.

2. Be seen at night: Even when the moon has risen, the weather is warm enough to be outside and have some fun (especially if you’re a kid on summer vacation). If your children are out playing, make sure they stay in the yard and away from the street. Out walking the dog or cruising on a nighttime bike ride? Strap on a headlamp or flashing red light to alert drivers to your presence.

3. Pack a first aid kit: Whether you’re hiking or attending your kid’s soccer game, accidents can happen. Keep a kit full of bandages, ointment, tweezers and a cold compress in the trunk of your car to be prepared no matter where you go. If you’re big into biking, you can purchase a mini first aid kit that fits into your saddle bag.

4. Mow with caution: Before giving the grass a trim, remove any large sticks, stones or debris that you might mow over. Even after giving the lawn a good pre-pickup, be sure you’re wearing sunglasses or goggles and closed-toe shoes so any pieces left behind don’t hurt if they fly up. Got a grass allergy? Consider wearing a dust mask.

5. Master grilling: Any good griller knows that a well-cooked meal is prepared under a watchful eye. Make sure you never leave the grill unattended, keeping pets and children away. Place your grill away from your home and any overhanging branches. Check to see if your meats are fully cooked by using a meat thermometer and you’ll avoid any potential food poisoning.

So what are you waiting for? Get outside and enjoy the day!

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