Summer is here and with it fun, sun, and adventures. Summer though can be a time of lots of hazards from sunburns to bug bites and loads more in between. Here at YeahThatsKosher we were discussing ways that you and your family can stay safe this summer to enjoy all that this wonderful season has to offer. Keep reading for our top summer safety tips.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation “More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.” This is a scary and completely preventable statistic. Sunscreen is a must every day year round. I wear it on my face and hands no matter the time of year and in the summer if I plan to be outdoors, anyplace on my body that is exposed to the sun’s rays. I prefer a mineral sunscreen made of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which are physical sunscreens that form a barrier against the sun. Things to look for, Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, Water Resistant, an easy to apply formula, and an SPF of at least 15, (I like 50 but we’re very fair skinned.) Some of my favorite brands: ( I love baby/kids sunscreen even for adults as it’s extra gentle.)
- Babyganics Mineral Based Sunscreen SPF 50
- CopperTone Kids Mineral Based Tear Free Sunscreen
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face and Body Sunscreen Stick
- Pacifica Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
- Alba SPF %0 Very Emollient Spray Sunscreen
- Bare Republic SPF 30 Mineral Spray
- Copperstone Sport SPF 30 Spray
For more information on sunscreen and how to apply it check out this article from The Skin Cancer Foundation
Warm weather is a great time to pull out the bikes and rollerblades but safety must always come first. Make sure you and your kids have quality snug fitting helmets, to be worn whenever biking or blading. Helmets can be a real lifesaver in preventing dangerous head injuries. Be a role model for your kids and those in the neighborhood by always donning a helmet.
Plants, Bugs, and Wildlife
Due to the warm summer weather we spend a lot more time on outdoor pursuits and activities. We also come into contact with a lot more nature and wildlife than we otherwise would. Be careful around unfamiliar plants. Don’t pick or touch anything that you are unfamiliar with, and make sure to tell this to your kids as well. Make sure to use an insect repellant, to keep away bug bites, and if you plan to be in high grasses where high socks/ long pants. When you bathe yourself and your kids at night, do a quick scan for ticks.
Check the following;
- Under the arms
- In and around the ears
- Inside belly button
- Back of the knees
- In and around the hair
- Between the legs
- Around the waist
If you Chas V’shalom do find a tick on yourself or a loved one follow these instructions from the CDC for tick removal.
Know what sorts of animals are in your area and make sure to follow safety protocols to prevent any kind of dangerous contact.
For a list of dangerous plants check out this list from Poison Control.
High temperatures are an inevitable part of summer, which means it’s extra important to stay hydrated. Keep water on you at all times and make sure to drink continuously throughout the day, especially if you are spending time outdoors. Aim for a minimum of 80oz of water a day and more if spending time outdoors. Some signs of dehydration include dry mouth, increased thirst, feeling tired, dizziness, headaches, lack of tear, infrequent or no urination, dark yellow urine, irritability, and low blood pressure.
If you are experiencing severe dehydration such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea call a doctor immediately or head to your nearest emergency room.
Its unfortunate that every summer we hear stories of young children drowning in backyard pools. Backyard pools can be extremely dangerous if not properly enclosed. Make sure a fence surrounds your pool and that young children can not easily access it. Always make sure to swim with another person and make sure that children are supervised by a qualified adult who can swim.
We hope these tips help keep you safe, healthy and enjoying your summer.
Enjoy the sunshine.