Here are 12 tips to help you make the most of your summer while staying safe and healthy
With Spring now here, and summer just around the corner, we want to share some tips for a happy and healthy summer for the entire family. Summertime is a great time to enjoy warmer weather, longer days, and everything nature has to offer. But summertime also comes with its own set of challenges.
1. Keep food safety in mind when BBQing
Summertime is the peak season for foodborne illnesses, so always use separate cutting boards for raw meat and vegetables, cook meat to the correct temperature, and pack your food in an insulated cooler with ice packs. Also, wash your hands often, especially after handling raw meat.
2. Be careful with fireworks
Fireworks are a staple of summertime celebrations, but they can also be very dangerous. Make sure you have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy in case of emergencies, never point or throw fireworks at another person, and keep them away from buildings and vehicles.
3. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated
It’s important to stay hydrated during the summer, especially if you’re spending time outdoors in the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, such as water or unsweetened iced tea. And if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, take along a sports drink to replenish your electrolytes.
4. Take advantage of summer fruits and vegetables
In-season produce is not only delicious but also more affordable. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet helps support your health and boost your immune system. Visit your local farmer’s market or pick your own fruit to get the best deal!
5. Get moving!
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. Go for a hike, ride your bikes, play tag, and have fun!
6. Keep your skin protected from the sun
Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage, so be sure to protect yourself when you’re spending time outdoors. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply it every two hours. Also, be sure to wear hats and sunglasses when outdoors. Try to stay in the shade as much as possible.
7. Be aware of summer hazards
Several things can pose a danger during summertime, from outdoor activities to swimming safety. Educate yourself on what to watch out for and how to avoid them. The key to preventing many common summer safety hazards is educating your children on tips to keep them safe, such as avoiding swimming alone and staying on marked paths when biking or hiking.
8. Don’t let bugs ruin your summer fun
Summertime means spending more time outdoors, which also means dealing with bugs. To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and other pests, use insect repellent. And if you’re using a mosquito net, make sure it’s in good condition and covers your entire sleeping area.
9. Practice water safety
Whether you’re swimming in a pool, lake, or ocean, it’s important to practice water safety. Always swim with a buddy, and never leave children unattended near water. Also, make sure everyone in your family knows how to swim and wear a life jacket if you’re out on the open water!
10. Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion
Spending too much time in the heat can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, or even heatstroke. Be sure to know the signs of these conditions, so you can seek medical help if necessary. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, dizziness, and light-headedness. If untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a medical emergency.
11. Plan for travel and vacations
Summer is a popular time for travel and vacations, so make sure you plan to avoid any last-minute stress. If you’re travelling by car, get your vehicle serviced before you go, and make sure you have a spare tire and the necessary tools. If you’re flying, check the guidelines for what you can bring in your carry-on and checked baggage, especially for medicines, etc. Make sure you have all necessary travel documents, like passports and visas, and research the local customs and laws of your destination.
12. Take care of your mental health
Summer can be a time of relaxation, but it can also be stressful, especially if you’re planning a big trip or dealing with changes in your routine. It’s important to take care of your mental health during this time. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, even if you’re on holiday, and find ways to manage stress, such as meditation or yoga. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
At Chase Lodge Hospital, we want you to have a happy and healthy summer. By following these tips, you can make the most of the season while staying safe and well. Remember, if you have any health concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local GP.
We offer summer travel bags for our patients, to find out what is included in these packages, and how to get them. Please contact our receptionists via our “Contact” page.