It is officially summer! While Marylanders are excited to enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming and cookouts, it is important to remember to stay safe and healthy. To make the most of the season, here are some tips to keep in mind while enjoying the outdoors.
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If the body becomes overheated, it can have a hard time cooling itself down. Heat-related illnesses can happen to anyone at any age. To make sure you do not suffer a heat-related illness, it is important to:
Wear lightweight clothing.
Eat small meals.
Take breaks in between activities.
Watch out for ticks!
In the warmer months, getting an illness from ticks is more common. In Maryland, ticks can spread Lyme disease and several other diseases. If you are bitten by a tick, follow these steps for simple removal:
Use tweezers or a tick removal kit to grasp the head of the tick. Do not grab the body, as this could result in the tick’s blood being accidentally injected into the skin.
Firmly grasp the tick and pull up in a straight motion. Do not twist or wiggle the tick.
Once the tick has been removed, dispose of it in a drain, toilet or trash can.
Clean the tick bite with soap and water.
Monitor the bite site over the next few weeks. If a red bullseye develops or you experience flu-like symptoms such as fatigue or muscle aches, contact your doctor or a medical professional.
Keep an eye on the pool
When the sun is beaming down, swimming pools can be the perfect place to stay cool and enjoy family fun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. To ensure safety by a lake or pool, it is important to:
Never leave your child unattended by water.
Know how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Teach your child how to swim.
Keep a first-aid kit handy.
Install barriers and covers around your pool.
Are you going to eat that?
Everyone loves a good cookout! There are a few ways you can protect your family and friends this summer from food-related ilnnesses:
Limit exposure to outdoor temperatures. Perishable foods should not be left outside for more than two hours, and only one hour if the temperature is at or above 90°F. Keep your food at or below 40°F, in coolers or containers with a cold source, such as ice or frozen gel packs. This includes any leftovers from the grill, cold salads and even cut fruits and vegetables. Leftovers should be refrigerated or placed back in the cooler within 2 hours of being placed outside (1 hour if temperatures are at or above 90°F).
Avoid spreading bacteria. Do not use the same utensils and plates for raw and cooked meats.
Clean surfaces outside and inside often.
Keep food in a cooler with ice or freezer packs.
Pack raw foods in plastic bags to avoid cross-contamination with other food.
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