Summer Safety Tips From Baltimore City Health Department
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
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.
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.