Summertime, sweet summertime. Between longer days, bright sunshine, cookouts with friends, and time spent with family, there’s a lot to love about summer. Use the tips below to keep everyone happy and healthy all summer long!
Even if you REALLY love summer, most of us can agree that there’s a certain point where the summer heat is simply too hot. But keeping cool when temperatures soar is about more than comfort. Temperatures as low as 90° F can cause issues like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Follow these tips to stay cool and safe in the summer heat:
Protecting yourself from the summer sun is essential. About 20% of people in the United States will have skin cancer at least once by age 70, and one of the biggest risk factors is lots of exposure to UV radiation. That risk is amplified by having fair skin or a family history of skin cancer. Learn more about skin cancer and how to stop it before it starts.
If you’re spending time outside, be sure to protect as much of your skin as possible with clothing or a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before you go outside, and reapply every 2 hours (or after swimming or sweating). And don’t forget -- it’s still important to cover up on cloudy days, as clouds offer little protection from UVA rays!
Summer is synonymous with barbecue season. We all love a good cookout, but we can pretty much guarantee that absolutely no one likes food poisoning.
Celebrate safely with these tips:
If you have questions about summer safety, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Firefly Health care team. You can chat with us or schedule a visit in the app today. Not a member yet? Get started by signing up on our website or giving us a call at (855) 869-9284.
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