Tips on being safe during the summer outdoors
Summer is a time when we all look forward to enjoying the outdoors and going on vacation. To help you have a great summer, free of injuries here are a few safety tips that you should apply to your fun in the sun:
- Protect your skin
Your skin is your best defense from infections, so it’s important to keep it well moisturized and protected from over-exposure to the sun. You can do this by:
- limiting your activities outside during the hottest period of the day (between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
- wearing sunscreen and applying it frequently, especially if you are swimming or doing an activity that causes you to perspire
- wearing a wide-brim hat and using a bright, beach umbrella for shade
- Protect your feet
Avoid walking barefoot no matter how tempting while touring on vacation in new shoes no matter how fashionable. Shoes like open-toed sandals and flip flops only provide minimal protection for your feet from injury. Instead, wear comfortable closed-toe shoes with socks and change your socks if your feet perspire.
Also, wear protective footwear for your favorite spot on the beach because beach sand can become very hot during the day and cause serious burns on the bottoms of feet. In addition, you should keep your feet clean and dry, and frequently check them for blistering or other injury with a mirror. Always remember: If you injure yourself, call your physician right away. Please do not try to "doctor" an injury alone.
- Avoid Hot Jacuzzis
While Jacuzzis are a fun way to relax while on vacation, they are known to be very high in temperature. This makes it very easy for you to accidentally scald your feet and skin when sitting in this extra hot water. Often, patients with diabetes have a decreased ability to feel extreme temperatures; that’s why it’s best to test the water first. You can use your elbow as a gauge, look for a thermometer on the Jacuzzi or ask someone what the temperature of the Jacuzzi’s water is. You should never enter a Jacuzzi with a temperature above 100.4°F or 38°C.
- Be Careful When Exercising
Exercise can be a very pleasant experience during your summer. But while exercising, you should take care to keep well hydrated with water and exercise in the early morning hours or at dusk to avoid heat exhaustion. Also, choose a safe place to walk and wear light colored clothing with reflective footwear.