It’s Hot Out There; Keep It Cool
Summer is here and with it comes vacations, swimming, outdoor activities and sun! Keep the fun in summer by making sure your family is safe. To help you prepare, here are a few safety tips for families.
Swim, Swam, SwumSwimming is a great way to keep kids and teens engaged and cool. But before pulling out the swimsuits and goggles, review these tips from Boys & Girls Club supporter Michael Phelps, an 8-time Olympic gold medalist (and someone who knows a thing or two about swimming)!
Ouch, SunscreamPeople of all ages tend to spend more time in the sun during summer months, increasing the chance of harmful sunburns and skin damage. When outdoors, protect your family with sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) 15 rating or higher to get adequate protection. Also, look for a “Broad Spectrum” label, a new rating by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, indicating better sun protection against UVA and UVB rays. Before taking infants out in the sun, consult with your pediatrician about the types of sunscreen best suited for babies.
Mmmm, Picnics!Bring the whole family together with a picnic and a game of volleyball, soccer, badminton or other favorite family activity. When assembling your basket of goodies, follow FoodSafety.gov’s four basic tenets:
Do Insects Bug You? Pesky mosquitoes and ticks can ruin an early evening activity and cause illnesses such as West Nile or Lyme disease. Keep loved ones safe and the insects at bay with the appropriate type and amount of insecticide.
When using insecticide:
The Environmental Protection Agency can help determine which insecticides are right for you and what protective measure to take before heading out the door. Visit the EPA’s website for more information.
Memories in the MakingSet aside specific time for family activities this summer. By planning ahead and including these basic safety tips, you can focus on fun. It is a great way to connect with your kids and to create memories to last a lifetime.
Have a great summer!
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