Summertime is meant to be spent outdoors. Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy summer with family and friends.
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the show to the professionals. If you decide to buy your own fireworks, be extra cautious, have a fire extinguisher nearby, and don’t hesitate to contact fire safety professionals for advice or help.
Make sure if you are out on the water, whether you’re fishing, boating, or swimming, someone is aware of where you are and how long you plan on being out. Watch children carefully around water. Always wear proper safety equipment like a personal flotation device.
Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect skin when outdoors. Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if you are sweating or doing activities in the water.
Water is your best drink of choice. Do not wait until you are thirsty, especially during the summer months. Avoid too much alcohol and caffeine. Eat fruits and vegetables which have a lot of water, such as watermelon, strawberries, peaches, and spinach.
Viruses and bacteria are the most common culprits of food poisoning. To prevent food-borne illnesses at picnics and cookouts, practice the four food safety steps: clean, separate, cook, and chill.
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