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Summer Safety Tips From Baltimore City Health Department

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Summer Safety Tips

Centers for Disease Control and the Baltimore City Health Department offers summer safety tips.

Keep Your Cool

o When possible, avoid outdoor activities during midday, when the sun's rays are strongest.

o Wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants.

o For eye protection, wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection.

o Use broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen and lipscreen with at least SPF 15.

o Look out for your neighbors and call 311 for information about Code Red on the hottest days.

Watch out for Fireworks

o Leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.

o Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Avoid West Nile Virus

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o Install or repair window and door screens.

o Use mosquito repellent.

o Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by eliminating standing water

Avoid food-borne illness

o Wash your hands before and after preparing meals and eating

o Cook all foods to the proper temperatures, especially when barbecuing

o Refrigerate foods promptly

o Handle and prepare food safely.

Water Safety

o Learn how to swim. Never swim alone.

o Never leave small children unattended near pools.

o Wear your life jacket while boating.

o Avoid alcoholic beverages while boating.