Summer Health Tips

Water Safety & Sun Safety
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As summer heats up, more people are utilizing bodies of water for recreation and cooling.  However, playing in and around water can increase the risk of drowning. Drowning is often silent and warning signs that someone is in danger can go unnoticed. Even highly skilled swimmers are susceptible to drowning. For more information on water safety, please click here

Water Safety Tips:

  • Make sure you know how to swim. If you can’t swim, keep to shallow areas or use a U.S. Coast Guard-guard approved life jacket
  • Swim with a buddy, never alone, even if you are a very good swimmer
  • Swim in designated areas, with a lifeguard present
  • Swim sober: avoid drugs and alcohol to stay alert in the water
  • Do not dive or jump into water that is not at least 12 feet deep. Enter the water feet-first, never dive head-first into a river, lake or pond. You could severely injure your head and neck, and drown
  • Do not swim during a storm or when there is lightning
  • Don’t swim in an area with strong moving currents in the water. Depth, currents, underwater debris and water temperature change constantly in rivers, lakes, and ponds. Yesterday’s safe swimming spot might have hidden dangers today.
  • Keep a cell-phone handy and know where you are in case you need to call for help
  • When in a boat, wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket

Protect All the Skin You’re In

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, but most skin cancers can be prevented!

Every year—

  • Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer at a cost of more than $8 billion.
  • There are 76,000 new cases of and 9,000 deaths from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays—from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds—is the most common cause of skin cancer.

Anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer.

Enjoy the Outdoors!

Being physically active outside is healthy and can help prevent conditions like obesity. But it’s important to be sun smart when playing and working outdoors.

Use a Layered Approach for Sun Protection.

  • Seek shade, especially late morning through mid-afternoon.
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses and other clothes to protect skin.
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15+ to protect any exposed skin.
  • Sunscreen works best when used with shade or clothes, and it must be re-applied every two hours and after swimming, sweating, and toweling off.

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