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Summer Safety Tips

Lifestyle & Fitness • by Paul de Beyer • 17 December 2019
Summer brings with it the holiday season, with more of us free to enjoy the beautiful weather with our friends and family. To enjoy your summer even further, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the most of it.

Winter and those cold days and nights might be a thing of the past, but summer and the summer sun have their own dangers. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when stepping outside this summer.

Beat the heat and have fun in the sun

The African sun can be extremely harsh around this time of year. So, regardless of your skin tone, try your best to limit your and your children's time in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is at its strongest.

Always use sunscreen of at least factor 30. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply at least every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating a lot, apply it more often.
Cloudy skies don’t save you from the sun, so always be aware and apply sunscreen, regardless of the cloud cover.

Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection when out during the day.
Never, ever leave a child or animal unattended in any sort of vehicle or enclosed space!

Always drink plenty of water

Sounds like an obvious one but can be so easily forgotten. Drinking water regularly will keep you from suffering from sun or heat stroke which can seriously ruin your summer holiday. Add sunburn with a side of flu-like symptoms, confusion and dizziness, and you’ll end up having a holiday you’d rather forget!

Drink water at least every 20 to 30 minutes if you’re outside and being active.
You might not be thirsty, but water will help hydrate your skin and brain.
Always keep water on hand for children or animals if you’re heading out for the day.

Swim safe!

South Africa is blessed with a few of the best beaches, dams and pools in the world. Unfortunately, every year you hear about holidays gone horribly wrong as we lose loved ones to water-related incidents.

When at the beach, dam or pool, always be vigilant of potential dangers like rocks, bad currents and unknown depths, etc.

Avoid swimming at any beach, dam or pool that doesn’t have a lifeguard on duty.
Ensure that you swim in the areas marked as safe by the lifeguards.

Never allow a child or weak swimmer to go into the water alone or unaided by a strong swimmer or floatation device. Also, educate yourself on the basics of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in case of an emergency. 

Always make sure children ask permission before going swimming and ensure that they always keep you in sight while out in the water.

Summer is the most beautiful time of the year, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. Ensure that you and your family are covered, both with sunscreen and medical insurance.
You can’t plan for every possible outcome, but you can make sure you’re financially safe in case an emergency occurs. Contact GetSavvi Health today to find out more about family medical insurance.

References:
https://www.atlantictraining.com/safety-tips/summer-safety-tips.php
https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer
https://www.seattlechildrens.org/health-safety/keeping-kids-healthy/prevention/summer-safety/
https://www.webmd.com/women/features/surviving-summer#1
https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/8-tips-summer-safety#1
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-essential-summer-safety-tips_b_5536911
https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/10-summer-safety-tips/
https://www.parents.com/baby/safety/outdoor/10-rules-for-summer-safety/

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