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Simple Tips for a Healthy and Safe Summer

The Great & Safe Outdoors Summer has arrived and with it comes BBQS, pool parties and more. Ensure your outdoor activities are fun and safe for the entire family with these important summer safety tips from NorthShore University HealthSystem. NorthShore University Health S ystem BBQ & Safety Too Food safety is always important but summer heat requires taking extra precautions because FOOD POISONING CASES DOUBLE during the summer. ON THE GRILL Burgers to 160°F Steaks to Chicken to 145°F 165°F Keep children and pets away from grill. FIRE SAFETY: Gas grills account for an annual 7,200 home fires. Use a food thermometer to check that meat has reached a safe internal temperature. Always take proper grill safety precautions and follow safety instructions: Replace all utensils and plates that previously held raw meat. Prevent grease fires by keeping your grill clean and removing grease/fat buildup. ANRAAAAAN Have a fire extinguisher nearby. ANIISSTEN Use your grill strictly outdoors. ON THE PICNIC TABLE Keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Hot Food > 140°F Helpful Hint: Don't leave food out for Cold Food < 40°F more than 2 hours indoors or 1 hour outdoors. Under the Summer Sun UV rays can cause premature skin aging, eye cataracts, immune system suppression and skin cancer. 1 in 5 Americans will develop Apply sunscreen at least 10 mins. before stepping outside and reapply every 2 hours. 10 a.m. skin cancer in their lifetime. 4 p.m. UV rays are strongest between Helpful Hint: 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. Don't forget your scalp and ears! Keep the Bugs Away Insect bites can cause dangerous illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme disease. In 2013, there were 117 HUMAN CASES of the West Nile virus in Illinois. APPLY INSPECT REPELLENT AT OUTDOOR GATHERINGS Keep repellent away from children's hands and mouths. PRECAUTIONS FOR CHILDREN: Helpful Hint: Protect your pet too! Spray pets with flea and tick repellent. Don't use insect repellents with levels of DEET over 30% on kids under 2 years old. AVOID Standing Water & Heavily Wooded Areas Fragrances Bright Clothes Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water and deer ticks Bright, floral prints attract bees and hornets. Perfume and scented soaps and shampoos attract insects. tend to gather in heavily wooded areas. Beach Time Every day approximately 10 PEOPLE DROWN unintentionally in the United States. At least 20% of these are children aged 14 years or younger. SWIM SAFETY Always supervise young children. A responsible adult should be within arm's reach of children at all times. Helpful Hint: Enroll your child in swimming lessons to reduce the risk Use the buddy system. of drowning. Swim with a buddy and only where a lifeguard is present. Helpful Hint: Learn CPR. You can help save someone's life before the paramedics arrive. Watch for strong waves or rip currents. Signs of rip currents are discolored, choppy, foamy or debris-filled waters. Sources W

Simple Tips for a Healthy and Safe Summer

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Warm weather has arrived and it’s time for outdoor summer fun! Whether it’s grilling with the family, swimming at the beach or camping with friends, it's important to take certain precautions. By ...


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