Stay safe during summer

Published 12:42 am Sunday, June 21, 2015

While many view the Memorial Day holiday as the start of the summer, the first official day of summer is today.

Most children throughout the region are out of school visiting local pools, playing outside or going on vacation. It is important to remember the potential threats the heat and sun can bring.

Taking advantage of sunbathing, working in the garden or playing a sport outside during the summer months can quickly put our safety in jeopardy if not monitored appropriately.

Taking some essential steps can help reduce the likelihood of a potential problem.

Here are a some tips from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) web sites for the summer sun and heat:

• Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.

• Keep infants under six months out of the sun.

• Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

• Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.

• Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.

Making these tips a focus can help you have a fun and safe time throughout the summer.