It’s the most wonderful time of year – summer!
Memorial Day Weekend is considered to be the official start of the summer season. From backyard barbecues to vacations in the great outdoors, it’s best to always to plan and be prepared. In honor of the few warm months in our future, Whitney Young Health would like to stress the importance staying safe this summer and give you some helpful tips along the way.
Beat the Heat
- To avoid heat related illnesses, plan strenuous activities for early in the morning or late in the day. Take frequent breaks to rest in the shade and drink plenty of water.
- Wear loose, light-colored and lightweight clothing on sunny days, and wear a hat that protects your head and neck from the sun (Especially for children under 2)
- Use sunscreen to block dangerous UV rays. Check with your health provider or pharmacist to select a safe, effective sunscreen.
- Learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion or potentially fatal heat stroke.
Summer Trip Tips
- Be sure tires have enough tread and are inflated properly. Check coolant and other fluid levels, especially before a long trip. Have a mechanic check engine belts, hoses and clamps.
- Don’t depend on caffeine to prevent you from falling asleep while driving. Get proper rest before starting out, take regular breaks, and plan to arrive at your destination before mid-night.
- Prepare an emergency road-side kit including flares, extra water and other necessities.
- NEVER leave a child or pet unattended in a car. Even with the windows partially open, heat can quickly kill a helpless child or pet. If you see a child or pet alone in a car, call 911
Handle (Food) with Care
- Outdoor parties and picnics can set the stage for illness when foods are not kept at proper temperatures. Keeping foods cold and protected from insects help prevent food-borne illnesses.
- Prevent E.coli, salmonella and other bacterial infections by keeping hot foods above 140 degrees and cold foods below 40 degrees.
- Wash vegetables and fruits carefully, and follow handling guidelines for poultry and meat, especially ground and processed meats.
- Visit www.foodsafety.gov for complete information and instructions on the proper storage and handling of all kinds of foods.