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What are some summer safety tips?

Dr. Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
Geriatrics Nursing Specialist

At last it is picnic weather! You make sure you keep your beer on ice but what about the picnic basket? All those cold cuts, salads, and mayo for the kaiser rolls can turn deadly without chilling. Food poisoning can kill but most often you just feel like you are going to die! It can take days for the vomiting and diarrhea to stop, depending on what germs invaded your chicken caesar wrap while you were playing catch under the sun.

Here are safe food tips:

  1. Keep the food cooler cool at all times.
  2. Do not leave food out for more than 2 hours.
  3. Discard whatever food is not eaten within that two hours.
  4. Creamy foods and meats tend to spoil faster than raw veggies for example.
  5. For the BBQ, do not put cooked items back on the plate that held the raw meats. That goes for utensils as well.

Summer safety will depend on what region you live in, but a few good rules of thumb are sunscreen, hydration, and water safety. A good sunblock will not only prevent burns but also protect against sun cancer and preserve the cosmetic appearance of your skin. Staying well hydrated will prevent illnesses such as hypertermia and dehydration. Finally, with more water sports in the summer, it is always important to ensure water safety for all participants, especially nonswimmers and children.

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