|The calendar might say that it’s still spring, but here in the Houston area, summertime temperatures have already arrived. Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun.
But as always, make your health and safety your top priority. Summer may feel like a casual, carefree time, but health risks don’t go away just because the sun is shining and the flip-flops have come out.
So without further ado, here are our top five tips for a safe, healthy, and fun summer.
We can’t emphasize this enough. Approximately 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime – that’s one in five people! To prevent yourself from becoming one of them, be sure to wear broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it everywhere that will not be covered by clothing (including your face, ears, hands, and feet). Every two hours, or after you swim or work up a sweat, be sure to reapply your sunscreen.
Hot weather leads to sweating as our bodies try to keep us cool and comfortable. This means that you’ll need more water than you might during winter or fall. Even if you’re not feeling thirsty, keep chugging away at that water.
Summertime is when the bugs come out in full force. Not only are insect bites painful, itchy, and annoying, but certain insects (like mosquitoes) can spread dangerous diseases. In addition to practicing good mosquito safety, make sure that you are always wearing insect repellent if you’ll be spending time outdoors.
Once the temperature heats up, the pools are open and the beaches get crowded. But even while everyone is having fun, never forget that the water can be dangerous. Always use caution when swimming, whether it’s in a pool, a lake, or the ocean. When you’re out on a boat, wear a lifejacket. If children are swimming, make sure an adult is watching at all times. And remember, it’s never too late for swimming lessons.
Colds, the flu, and other diseases don’t go away when the sun comes out. It’s important to practice good hand hygiene all year round. The last thing you want to do is have to explain to your friends that you’re missing the big barbecue because you’re stuck at home with the flu.
Follow these tips, and your chances for an enjoyable and healthy summer are sure to go up. But remember, if something does happen, Immediate Medical Care is always here to help you get your summer back on track. With extended operating hours and short wait times, we’ll have you back to your fun in the sun before you know it. Be sure to stop by whenever you need our help!