Whether its swimming, barbequing, hiking, or just relaxing on the patio, it's important to take steps to stay safe while enjoying summer fun in the sun.
Protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays is important all year round, but UV rays from sunlight are greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America. There are several options for protection from UV radiation:
- Seek shade when outdoors, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Wear a hat with a brim wide enough to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher. Remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring and toweling off.
"It is important to stay physically active for good health, and outdoor activities help us achieve that," said Public Health Officer Dr. Kasirye. "While doing so, it is important for us all to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV rays; staying in the shade when possible and putting sunscreen on anytime you go outside will greatly reduce that risk."
Another important safety measure when enjoying the outdoors is mosquito protection. Mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy; they can make you really sick. Protecting yourself and your family is as easy as remembering the six Ds; Drain, Dawn and Dusk, Dress, Defend, and Door. DRAIN any standing water that may produce mosquitos. DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors, those are the times mosquitos are most active. DRESS appropriately, wear long sleeves and pants when outside. DEFEND yourself and your family by using an effective insect repellent; be sure to follow label directions. DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition and kept on windows to prevent mosquitos from entering the home.
No matter what fun summer activity you and your family enjoy be sure to take steps to stay safe and healthy. For more tips to stay safe while you have fun in the sun, visit Sacramento County Health and Human Services.