Ten Ways to Keep Safe During Summer Months
Whether you're outside for work or play this summer, keep things safe with these helpful tips from the Mississippi Department of Health.
- Bug Off! When outside, protect yourself from mosquitoes by using an insect repellant that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Tip and Toss! Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Stop the next generation of mosquitoes before they start by tipping over and changing out water from bird feeders and fountains. Toss out any open container from your yard that you can do without.
- Flame On! If you're planning on grilling out this summer be sure to cook the food at a high enough temperature to kill the bacteria that cause food-borne illness. Experts recommend that roast, pork and fish be cooked to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit, ground beef at least 155 degrees Fahrenheit, and poultry to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a clean meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of all foods.
- Wash Up! When cooking outside, fight the spread of bacteria by washing your hands, cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water before preparing a meal.
- Grill It and Chill It! Remember to refrigerate all left-over food promptly after grilling out. Refrigerators should be set no higher than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, freezer units at zero degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use Sunscreen! Be sure to use plenty of sunscreen, and apply it at least 30 minutes before going outside. The sunscreen you use should be rated SPF-15 or higher and offer both UVA and UBA protection.
- Look Out! The summer sun can damage your eyes. Be sure to wear only sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVA protection. The wrap-around kind protects both your eyes and the sensitive skin around them.
- Drink Up! When you're working or playing hard in hot weather be sure to drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour.
- Slow Down! Avoid strenuous activity during the day when the temperature is at its hottest.
- Go In! Seek shade during the midday when UV rays are the strongest. Try to avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.