Presbyterian | Summer 2019 | Your Story

From sunny days by the pool to family vacations in the great outdoors, summer is for making memories and having fun. It’s also when some injuries or illnesses may be more common. You can help avoid them by following these seven summer safety tips. 1 Pack sunscreen. Sunburned skin hurts, and it increases the risk of cancer. So before you head outside, grab some sunscreen and apply it to exposed skin. Use sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Reapply every two hours or sooner if you swim or sweat. Kids older than six months need sunscreen too (read the label to apply it safely). And everyone—especially babies— should stay in the shade whenever possible. 2 No helmet, no ride. Summer is a great time for the whole family to go bike riding. But it’s important that everyone wears a helmet—including Mom and Dad. This simple step can help prevent devastating head injuries. Some kids love to wear helmets. Others not so much. But parents should insist on them, no matter how short the ride or how strong the protest. Kids may be less likely to resist wearing a helmet if they can pick one they like. Seven summer safety tips 10