Getting outside can help reduce the spread of COVID-19, gives more options to get moving, and can be a great mood booster. With the right tools you can have a safe and healthy summer. Make sure you keep these must-haves with you for outdoor fun this summer.
Apply SPF 15 or higher sunscreen liberally to exposed skin and remember the 20-2 rule; apply it 20 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply every 2 hours or sooner if directed on the bottle. If you’re also using insect repellent, apply your sunscreen first.
Drink lots of water
even if you’re not very active, and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid sugary and alcohol drinks because they can cause you to lose more body fluid.
Whether you’re riding, rolling, or rafting, correctly wear a well-maintained helmet that is certified for the type of fun you’re having. Make sure it is the right size and fits correctly. For help on selecting the right helmet watch this video: https://youtu.be/eIWKHlK0-2o
Make properly fitted life jackets a must for everyone when on a boat and for kids and weak swimmers around bodies of water. Be sure that it is a Coast Guard approved life jacket that has a snug, and comfortable fit, appropriate for the activity. Remember to never substitute toys, such as water wings, or plastic rings, for a life jacket. For more water safety tips, visit SRHD’s water safety page.
Avoid illnesses spread by ticks and mosquitoes with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent. Always follow the label instructions carefully. The EPA has a great tool to help you find the insect repellent that’s right for you. It can help verify that the repellent is registered with the EPA as well as give information on ingredients, what insects it will repel for how long, and other helpful information. Also visit SRHD’s Bring It Summer Pests page for additional tips to help prevent summer pests from causing problems this summer.
Finally, as a last tip, make sure to get your COVID-19 vaccination if you are eligible so you can join all the summer fun around our region without the fear of becoming infected or infecting someone else. If you have concerns about the vaccine, that’s understandable! List out all of your questions and concerns and discuss them with your doctor. Now, let’s get out and enjoy those beautiful summer days we have ahead of us!