Summer Outdoor Safety Review
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Summer is here and with it, the outdoor activities we wait all year for — swimming in the pool, lake or ocean, hiking in the woods, grilling with friends, and more. Summer is a lot of fun, but can also be dangerous if we’re not careful.
Here are some simple, but important health and safety tips to help you and your loved ones have fun and stay healthy all summer long, courtesy of the Vermont Department of Health.
Preventing heat exhaustion and illness
Never leave any children, pets or adults in a closed, parked vehicle
Stay hydrated — drink often and regularly.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, since this is an indication you’re already dehydrated. Stick to water and avoid alcohol. If you engage in vigorous exercise, drinking sports drinks can add lost electrolytes back into your system.
Avoid being outdoors during the hottest times of the day — Exercise or engage in outdoor activities in the early morning or late evening.
Staying protected in the sun
Plan activities before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. when UV rays are weakest
Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, and apply at least 20-30 minutes before going outside.
You can get sunburned even in cloudy weather, so protect yourself even on cloudy days.
Wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses, and a hat.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juice. Limit alcohol consumption as it causes dehydration.
Protect your arms and legs with loose fitting, tightly woven cotton clothing.
Stay indoors during extremely hot temperatures.
Avoiding bacteria and pests at picnics
Carry picnic food in a cooler with a cold pack — full coolers stay cool longer than a half empty one.
Always take along some foods that don't require refrigeration.
A cooler will stay colder if it is kept inside the car and not in the trunk.
Keep coolers in the shade with the lid closed.
Bring alcohol-based sanitizers or disposable wipes to keep hands clean
When applying insect repellant, spray it away from food areas.
Always assume that lake, pond, stream and river waters are not safe to drink—take bottled water to drink.
Place all trash in nearby receptacles or bring it home with you for disposal.
Keeping food safe when grilling
Wash hands with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.
Never leave perishable food out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. When temperature is above 90°, do not leave food out for more than one hour.
Do not clean grills with an old metal bristle brush — metal bristles can come loose and get logged into the food, leading to a trip to the ER!
Use clean utensils and dishes to serve food. Each dish should have its own serving utensils to avoid cross-contamination.
Preheat cooking grills for 20-30 minutes before using.
Allow meat to completely thaw in a refrigerator before placing on a grill.
Marinate meat in a tightly sealed plastic container or sealable plastic bag, and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Do not reuse marinade.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure meats have reached a safe, internal temperature: hamburger 160°; chicken 165°; pork 150°; steak 145°; hot dogs 140°.
Serve grilled foods on a clean dish, not a dish used for raw meat.
Leftovers should be refrigerated or placed in a cooler within one hour after use.
Stay safe when swimming
When swimming in pools, keep an eye on children, especially during parties when many adults are distracted and tragedies can happen.
Always be aware of water depth, and never dive in head first.
If swimming at the beach, stay near the life guard stand so he/she has a better chance of seeing you, and you’ll hear any announcements.
Be aware of ocean rip currents. If you get caught in one, yell for help, and swim parallel to the shore, not straight back.
If you plan to swim in a river or stream, use extreme caution and stay away from swift moving water. Heavy rain and flash flooding makes many swim holes, rivers and streams unpredictable and dangerous.
Have a cell phone on hand in case of an emergency
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