For many kids, summertime fun means swimming and playing outside. Whether you have young children or teens, here are some summer safety tips to keep in mind while you’re enjoying the great outdoors:
- Know how to identify and steer clear of poisonous plants. The oil from poison sumac, poison oak, and poison ivy can cause an itchy, uncomfortable rash.
- Protect yourself from tick bites. This summer is predicted to be tick heaven in the Northeast, and that means a higher risk of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. Mosquitos can also transmit diseases such as West Nile and Zika. Use tick and mosquito repellents, avoid bushy and wooded areas if possible, and do thorough tick checks on yourself and your pets after spending time outdoors.
- Be smart about sunscreen. Even on slightly cloudy or cool days, use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside.