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Last updated Nov. 01, 2019
Summer is here again.
That time of the year when we can spend almost the entire day outside, taking in the sun and enjoying a variety of fun activities.
This is also the time most families spend time together on vacations.
Whether you plan to go on a holiday or choose to stay back during the season, it is expected that everyone will have fun this season.
Though summer creates lots of good memory, there are few downsides to it.
While bright and sunny days can always bring sunshine to your face, the weather can become too extreme and uncomfortable.
In some places, the temperature can get too high that people will have no other option than to stay indoors or seek shelter.
Being exposed to the scorching sun for so long can have several negative effects including heatstroke, which is a very dangerous form of heat injury.
No matter where you live or plan to visit, it is important that you put safety first during the summer.
You can have all the fun you feel you deserve but you need to be mindful of the issues that can arise as a result of high temperature and take meaningful steps to avoid them.
Here, we will discuss a few summer safety tips you should never neglect:
Understandably, you will want to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Of course, there are always several activities to enjoy.
It is essential, however, that you avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
Being exposed to direct sunlight too much can affect you in many ways.
From sunburn to heat exhaustion, several mild and severe conditions can arise from it.
Retire to a cool, shaded area from time to time even when you are outdoors.
Asides from direct sunlight and the accompanying increase in temperature, another factor that leads to serious health concerns during the summer is dehydration.
There is just one simple way to avoid dehydration: stay hydrated at all times.
Since you are going to lose water through sweating, you must drink adequately to replenish your body fluid.
Avoid alcoholic beverages and other drinks that can cause dehydration.
Water remains the best liquid to take during the summer months.
Whatever you do in the summer, do so in moderation.
Physical exertion is another important contributing factor to the health issues that can result from high temperature.
During the hottest hours of the day, it is important to keep physical activities minimal.
Whether you are working, playing or exercising, never overdo anything or overwork yourself during the summer.
Whenever you are under direct sunlight, it is important that you protect yourself.
It doesn’t really matter how long you are going to stay under the sun, make sure that important organs that are susceptible (like your eyes and skin) are properly protected.
To protect your eyes, go for sunglasses that offer 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays.
For your skin, apply sunscreen that has at least SPF 15 to 30 protection.
You should also reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after being in the water or sweating.
You can also wear a hat and other accessories that can protect you from the sun.
There is a need to dress for the weather even during the summer.
Some clothes can make you cooler and more comfortable during the summer and you should stick to them.
Light coloured cotton and loose-fitting fabrics are the best for the season.
Dry clothes offer more protection than wet clothes too.
Breathable footwears are also better for the season.
Heatstroke is one of the most dangerous heat injuries.
It can lead to permanent organ damage and death when appropriate medical intervention is not provided.
Knowing the early signs can help you and your loved ones stay safer when the temperature gets too high.
The commonest signs to watch out for include dizziness, confusion, throbbing headache, rapid pulse and red, hot, dry skin.
There are several other signs you should know about.
You should read further about heatstroke and other heat-related health issues so that you can identify them early and seek help in time.
For most people, summer is the time for fun. You and your family/loved ones will likely spend several hours on playgrounds.
Ensure that such playgrounds are safe.
Ensure that play equipment are clean, sturdy, and well maintained.
Everything should also be cool to avoid burns.
Inspect the playground to ensure it is safe before allowing children to start playing.
Summer is the time to spend several hours around water bodies like lakes, ponds, nice beaches and even swimming pools.
You need to be vigilant whenever you are close to water bodies.
Swim only in areas you feel is safe.
If you have kids with you, keep an eye on them at all times when they get close to water.
Lifejackets are necessary for boating and any form of water activity on lakes, rivers, or the ocean.
Learn other water safety rules and take them seriously.
If you are going to visit unfamiliar territories or places you know have things like poisonous plants and bugs, be careful and adequately prepared for them.
If possible, avoid bug-infested areas or bug-friendly hours.
You can also use insect repellent whenever necessary.
You should also watch what you eat and drink, especially if you are in a new environment.
Even if you are cooking or barbecuing, make sure you cook properly.
Never risk drinking from a lake, stream or pond.
Drink bottled water, instead.
Keeping your living area cool is another thing you should never joke with.
Invest in efficient and eco-friendly air cooling solutions like air coolers.
You can consider other options if the machine is not appropriate for your climate.
The summer is a good time to have great times.
It is important, however, that you take extra care to stay safe during the season.
We have discussed some important summer safety tips and it is up to you to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.