The summer season is synonymous with so many sweet memories, but if you don’t enjoy it with caution, those memories could end up being bittersweet. When the sweltering summer temperatures are in full force, your family’s health and safety are at full risk because of the high temperatures and the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Hold onto your health folks because everyone is susceptible to summertime dangers, but some more so than others. There’s no need to fret though, because you can still have lots of fun in the sun and enjoy all the simple pleasures of summertime. The best thing you can do to ensure that your family stays safe and healthy all summer long is learn what the most common threats are so that they can be prevented.
Mosquitoes, bees, wasps, ants, spiders…is your skin crawling yet? The itching, swelling, and pain of insect bites are never pleasant, especially if an allergic reaction occurs. There’s not much you can do to prevent bug bites and stings other than use repellents and inspect for insects carefully. The most important thing is to treat bites and stings right away and seek medical attention if necessary.
Drinking water is an essential part of everyday health for everyone, but it becomes a much bigger issue during the heat of the summer. Dehydration is more likely because of increased perspiration, which is why you must drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
People who have been diagnosed with depression are at higher risk of their condition worsening during the summer months because of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
The power of the sun’s UV rays cannot be underestimated under any circumstances, which means that you need to properly protect your eyes. Wear hats, visors, or sunglasses as much as possible.
Summer picnics and backyard parties are great, but they also require responsible food handling. Perishable items that are left out in the sun for too long are likely to trigger food poisoning. Use storage containers, coolers, and common sense when it comes to summertime snacking.
When your body is dehydrated or you are experiencing heat stroke, the lack of fluids to your brain can cause hallucinations. Be mindful of how much time you spend outside, stay hydrated, and allow your body to cool down after heat exposure.
Another mental side effect of extended or extreme heat exposure is mood alteration. It can happen to anybody. When you’re uncomfortable because of hot temperatures, you’re likely to get cranky and irritable.
Last but certainly not least, is sunburn, which is probably the most common summer danger that people have to deal with. It is absolutely imperative that you practice safe sun protection, even if it’s overcast or cloudy.
About the Author
Kaity is the Online Community Director for Connerton, a master planned community in the Tampa Bay area. Kaity was born and raised in sunny Florida, and obtained two bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Florida. Some of her favorite things are hot yoga, online shopping, Sunday brunch, college football, hair bows and headbands, playing golf, and FaceTiming with her niece in San Francisco.