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Summer Safety Tips

For many New Englanders, both young and old, summer is the best time of year. It’s a chance to take a break from work or school and enjoy time with friends and family. Ample sunshine and warmer temperatures allow for a wealth of recreational activities. Whether your summer destination is the beach, golf course, park, or city pool, it’s important to take certain precautions when outside for an extended period of time. Stay safe this summer by keeping the following tips in mind:

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Whether the temperature is 75 or 95, you should be sure to drink plenty of water when participating in summer activities. Due higher temperatures and humidity, it’s important to replenish your body with H2O as frequently as possible. You should be sure to drink extra water when partaking in activities that require additional exertion from your body. When playing a sport, consider drinking a sports drink with electrolytes in addition to plenty of water. If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, take a break and refuel. Sunscreen

Again, whatever the thermometer reads, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. Sunscreen protects you from harmful UV rays and also prevents sunburns. You can take additional precaution by wearing a baseball cap or any other hat that will keep the sun out of your face. Hats are an especially good call at the beach, where there is little to no shade. Sunglasses, while improving your vision, can also provide protection from the sun.

Dress for the Occasion

While it’s okay to be concerned with summer fashion, you should dress appropriately, no matter what the occasion may be. If your plans include a good deal of walking and physical activity, be sure to wear comfortable shoes – preferably sneakers or running shoes with sufficient arch and ankle support. While sandals are a popular choice for the beach or pool, most models don’t provide enough support and traction for your feet.

Keep an Eye on the Little Ones and Pets

Small children require extra attention during the summer, when they are filled with the extra energy and excitement that comes from being out of school. Never leave them unattended in the car, pool, ocean or backyard. Having an adult around in case an emergency occurs is always a good call and can help prevent injuries. Dogs and other pets should also never be left inside the car without the windows rolled down, as they can overheat very quickly.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can spend more time enjoying your summer plans.

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