Safety Tips For Summer Fun
Those hot, lazy days of summer put us in a playful mood to make the most of the great outdoors, from picnics and backyard cookouts to swimming at the beach and camping in the woods. It's also easy, however, to forget to play it safe and unwittingly put ourselves in danger. Here are some outdoor safety tips and tricks to bear in mind as we head out into the summer sun.
How to avoid heat exhaustion
It isn't hard to become overly enthusiastic about enjoying the summer weather while we can. But too much sun, heat and activity can lead to serious heat-related health issues. When the body temperature exceeds about 105 degrees F., it can cause a person to collapse from heat exhaustion — symptoms include tingling in the limbs, the malfunction of the body's natural cooling system through sweating, and reduced consciousness. In some cases, heat exhaustion can even be fatal.
Here are guidelines to follow to avoid heat exhaustion:
How to choose sunglasses
Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from the sun, they also double as a great fashion accessory. Wearing shades when you are outdoors can help prevent eye cancer, blindness and cataracts. Choose good-quality sunglasses that offer protection from UVA and UVB radiation, which causes the most eye damage. Less expensive sunglasses without the UV protection are worse than wearing no sunglasses at all — they open your pupils and let more harmful rays into your eyes. Add a hat with a wide brim to boost your coverage.
When choosing your cool summer shades:
How to apply sunscreen
Sunscreen is recommended for everyone, even those with dark skin or a base tan. Exposure to UVA and UVB radiation can lead to skin cancer. A child is even more at risk (a severe sunburn before the age of 18 months doubles the risk of melanoma later).
The following sunscreen tips will ensure you stay well protected:
How to keep ants away from your picnic or patio
Eating outside always seems like a party, even if it's just yourself and a drumstick — that is, until the ants come marching along.
Here are some eco-friendly solutions to keep these determined insects from spoiling the fun:
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