We should all be safe and healthy during the summer, but sometimes, you’re having too much fun to realize you might be hurting yourself. There are lots of things that can hurt you, from the sun to the water. Here are some tips to help prevent sickness or injury.
Always wear sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if the sun isn’t really shining; you can still get a sunburn. Try to wear a hat in the summer so your face won’t get burned. Sometimes, sunburns lead to skin cancer.
Drink lots of water. You should even drink water when you aren’t thirsty to prevent dehydration.
Follow the rules. If you’re at a beach or a pool, always listen to the instructions the lifeguard gives you and read the signs carefully.
Wear bug spray. When you go camping, always bring bug spray. You never know what little bugs can bite you. Mosquitoes can infect you with West Nile and other harmful diseases. After camping, shower as soon as possible to get rid of any ticks or bugs that may be on your body.
Use a thermometer. If your family grills, make sure to use a meat thermometer to prevent eating undercooked meat. You should also put cooked meat on a different plate than what the uncooked meat was on to help prevent cross-contamination.
Keep it clean. Help keep germs out of a public pool by rinsing off first before going in. Also, make sure you don’t drink pool water or swim when you are sick.
You can still have fun during the summer while being safe!