Summer brings its own set of germs and pitfalls, but with some simple precautions, they don’t have to slow down the fun. Learn proper pool safety and warm-weather tips.
People usually think spring and fall when it comes to allergies, but summer can be the worst for some. Keep some Puffs on hand to help with that runny nose (they’re also great for drippy ice cream or sweaty foreheads).
Take care of your skin and avoid contact with damp surfaces to prevent fungal infections.
- Don’t stay in wet bathing suits or clothing longer than necessary.
- Shower before and after swimming in a public pool.
- Always wear footwear in public restrooms and locker rooms.
- Avoid sitting on benches in public locker rooms, or put a towel down first.
- Do not share towels.
Summer is the time for outdoor dining, but with the hot temperatures, food safety is crucial.
- Always wash hands before handling food.
- Keep cold food below 4 C (40 F) and hot foods above 60 C (140 F).
- Keep coolers out of the sun and avoid opening the lid frequently. Pack beverages in one cooler and perishables in another to avoid this pitfall.
- Avoid mayonnaise-based salads by using recipes that use vinegar and oil dressings.
- Keep a roll of Bounty paper towels handy to quickly clean up spills or dry off hands after washing.
Prevent Bug Bites
Besides the itching, insect bites can spread diseases. Use our tips to help avoid them.
- Contact your doctor to discuss the best insect repellents for your family.
- Wear long sleeves and pants if possible when playing or hiking through the woods or tall grasses.
- Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths on a regular basis.
Cuts and Scrapes
Treat minor injuries properly so they don’t turn into bigger problems later.
- Always keep a first aid kit handy in your car or bag. (Check out our summer safety kit and toss in a few Puffs To Go packs!)
- To stop minor bleeding, apply gentle pressure for at least five minutes with a clean cloth or bandage.
- Rinse cuts thoroughly with clean water or saline solution to remove dirt and debris.
- Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and cover with a clean dressing.