Swimming, going for a hike, camping – there are so many reasons to enjoy the outdoors in this warm weather.
Outdoor activities can be fun but may also be dangerous if certain precautions are not observed. At Ozark Orthopaedics, we believe that you can have fun outdoors and stay safe at the same time. So we’re sharing you our top safety tips for fun outdoor time this summer:
This is one of the most important safety rules for staying outdoors especially during summer. On warmer days, our body loses more water than it gets.
Nothing’s good about getting dehydrated. It causes you to get dizzy, tired, confused, and irritable. That doesn’t sound fun, does it?
Keep the fun by keeping yourself hydrated. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Hydrate yourself at least once every 20 minutes.
- Stay protected
Spending time outside during this season is great but remember to keep yourself protected from harmful UV rays. Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Protect your skin by applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before heading outside. Don’t forget to re-apply especially if you’re staying under the sun longer. As much as possible, seek shade on times when the sun is at its strongest (between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M).
- Repel the bugs
Bugs enjoy the outdoors as much as you do. Keep that in mind when doing anything outdoors. Stay away from pools of still water and gardens when flowers are in bloom.
A DEET-containing bug repellant can ward off ticks and disease-causing mosquitoes. If you have kids, make sure to pick one that’s right for them. Pediatricians recommend 10 to 30% DEET for children over 2 months.