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Summer is here and that means fun in the sun! Whether your favorite summer activity is swimming, hiking, playing in the sand at the beach, or more, staying healthy and safe in the Alabama summer heat is the goal. While you and your family are enjoying increased time outdoors, there are some safety tips you should implement to keep everyone safe, healthy and enjoying the summer days. Here are four safety tips:
1. When outside, make sure to stay hydrated.
2. Use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
3. When swimming, make sure to never swim alone and take proper breaks to avoid fatigue.
4. When traveling the roads this summer, be mindful of increased traffic.
Let’s take a closer look at the importance of safety tips one and two. Whether you are vacationing or enjoying outside activities, focus on staying hydrated in the summer heat. Dehydration and heat stroke can happen quickly and without warning. Left untreated, these can lead to major health problems.
Sunburns can quickly put a damper on summer fun. Did you know repeated sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer? Make sure to apply sunscreen before any outdoor activities you have planned. If you will be outside for an extended period of time, be sure to reapply often. Remember, you should always take breaks from the sun and find a nice cool shade to enjoy.
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