July is Summer Safety Month
To teenagers July means a time to hang out with friends at the pool or the beach, spending lots of time outside and often taking vacations. However, taking a break from school does not mean it is time to take a break from making healthy decisions. Below are a list of some summer safety tips for teenagers to remember.
Sunscreen: Most people know that it is important to apply sunscreen, however most teenagers still end up very tanned or sunburned. You should apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before any sun exposure and try to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You should always reapply sunscreen every few hours and after you swim.
Insect Repellant: Besides just being a nuisance, insect bites can also become infected and lead to certain health problems. It is a good idea to apply insect repellant if you are spending time outdoors.
Swimming can be a lot of fun but it is important for teenagers to know their limits. To be safe you should always swim with a partner every time - whether you are swimming in a pool, in the lake or the ocean. Even experienced swimmers can get tired and having a friend to help you is important in case of emergency. It is best to swim in places where there is a lifeguard on duty.
Bike injuries are so common and can be avoided by remembering a few tips. Always wear a helmet - and make sure that it fits properly. Choose a bike helmet that fits the environment. If you are riding in the mountains with lots of hills do not choose a speed bike that lacks the appropriate mountain-climbing gadgets. Also it is important to choose the right clothing and shoes when riding a bike.
Whether you are taking a quick trip with your family or headed to camo for the summer there are tips to keep in mind when traveling. It is easier for you to get sick when you are in a new place because your body has not adjusted to the new environment. To avoid getting sick remember to drink lots of water and to get as much sleep as possible. It is also a good idea to pack a first aid kit and to locate the nearest hospital or medical clinic so that you can get help if needed.