The summer is a great time to be outdoors doing fun activities and enjoying the nice weather. But there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that you and your family are having a healthy and safe summer while still having fun.
By now, everyone is well aware of the many dangers that the sun can pose to our skin and the importance of wearing sunscreen. However, many people still think that the standard SPF 15 or 30 will be sufficient to protect them from harmful UV rays. While the CDC recommends use of an SPF 15 at minimum, many dermatologists recommend SPFs of much higher, particularly on one’s face. Additionally, even with application of sunscreen, other protective methods such as hats, clothing, and umbrellas should also be used, and sunscreen should be reapplied frequently, especially after swimming, sweating, or toweling oneself off.
Be smart about watersports.
Boating, waterskiing, tubing, kayaking, or canoeing are a great way to relax and enjoy nice weather outdoors, but these activities should be undertaken in a safe and conscientious manner. Lifejackets are a must and should be worn whenever possible. Each state has its own laws and regulations about life jacket availability and use, especially for children, and you should always check those out before heading out on the water to be sure you will be in compliance.
Additionally, even though it can be fun to have a nice cold beer while out on the water, it is important to remain alert and aware while participating in water sports. Make sure to have a designated driver of any boat and stay on drive land if you feel the effects of alcohol, which can alter your judgment, reaction time, and muscle movement, all of which are important to remain on the water. Similarly, taking photos is a fun way to document your good times, but be conscious not to become so distracted with taking videos or selfies that you put yourself at risk of losing control of a kayak, boat, or yourself.
Enjoy fireworks safely and legally.
Fireworks are one of the things that makes summer special, but every year they contribute to injuries, deaths, or close calls. States have specific laws for purchase, possession, and use of consumer fireworks, and there may be various levels of regulations depending on the area where you may want to set off fireworks. Laws may also be seasonal or by date. You should take a look into any regulations that apply to your area before purchasing or attempting to set off fireworks on your own. A better option may be to check where fireworks will be set off in your area by professionals, as shows are usually free, pretty spectacular, and can be enjoyed from a safe distance!