Many times, safety is the last thing you want to think about before engaging in a fun activity or day trip but it is important.
To help you out, the Department of Health and Human Services has some helpful safety tips.
Dr. Caitlin Pedati, Pediatrician and Medical Epidemiologist with the state health department, says if you’re taking a road trip, always use seat belts, child safety seats and booster seats as appropriate.
Pedati says for those who like camping or hiking in woodsy areas, it’s important to use bug repellent. She says it’s also advisable to do tick checks on one another after your outing.
"If you’re going to be outdoors with the temperatures we get, it’s important to stay as hydrated as you can. It can sneak up on you. Whether you’re playing outside or enjoying a picnic, make sure you’ve got good fluids available for you. And that you’re also protecting your skin, using a good SPF, at least 15.”
Pedati says you should always wear a helmet when biking or skating, use a life jacket when enjoying water sports and refrigerate or chill leftovers within two hours of preparation.
She says by following just a few simple tips, you can help ensure a safe and fun summer for you and your family.