Hi, I’m Sue Kramer, Infection Preventionist, Employee Health at Hudson Hospital & Clinic and welcome to my blog!
Summer brings a lot of sun and fun – and health and safety challenges as well. Take a few minutes this summer to learn how to be safe and healthy.
Here’s a few summertime safety tips to keep in mind:
• Wash your hands often
• Use U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets
• Put on sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from the sun.
• Drink cool, non-alcoholic fluids.
• Put on insect repellent.
With our long winter months, we all look forward to the summer sun for its Vitamin D benefits and – let’s face it – to try to get that glowing tan! Wearing sunscreen and limiting your exposure is the best thing you can do to protect your skin. Sun exposure on a cloudy day is only reduced by around 30 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation changes skin texture and can lead to skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Grilling safety tips
Grilling is ever-popular this time of year, so let’s review a few simple safety tips:
• Never pour lighter fluid or other flammables onto a lit grill
• Use grill utensils to give you the extra reach and avoid burning
• Dress properly, don’t wear loose or flowing clothes that might find its way into the fire
• Never throw a match in the grill after the gas has been on
• Don’t leave the grill unattended
• Never use a propane barbecue grill on a balcony, terrace or roof – or in an enclosed area
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