Swimming safety checklist:
- Never swim alone.
- Check warning flags and that a lifeguard is on duty.
- Stay within buoys and swim in the designated swim areas.
- Rely on your ability to swim and not on flotation devices.
- Avoid the "surf zone" as breaking waves are very dangerous.
- Beware of "Rip Currents" - never swim against the current, swim parallel to the shore until you are free from the current.
Dreams of spending lazy days at the lake, or stretched out on the beach will fill the minds of many this summer. By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure that your time in the water will be safe and enjoyable.......... http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/health/Practicing-Water-Safety-on-Summer-Vacation.html
- The sun is hottest between 10am to 2pm
- Be sure to cover up and apply sun block particularly during this 4 hour period.
- Diuretics (such as soda's and alcohol) may increase susceptibility to sunburn, as they contain substances that cause the skin to absorb the sun's radiation.
- Sunblock should be applied 15 to 30 minutes prior to sunbathing and re-applied every hour.
- Severe sunburns should be treated immediately with a follow up to a doctor.
More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States, and in many instances, the problem is related to sun exposure..........
160,000 cases of Melanoma are diagnosed each year.
Please refer to this Melanoma website for more information and be sure to cover up and have fun.
- Wash affected area with seawater.
- Apply vinegar or rubbing alcohol.
- Remove tentacles with tweezers.
- Contact doctor if symptoms of nausea, headache, joint pain or shortness of breath should occur.