Prepare for a safe and fun holiday weekend
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial launch of summer outdoor activities, from travel to sports and adventures with friends. As everyone prepares for coming months of outdoor recreation, a few health tips can make your activities fun and rewarding.
Sun Safety— This Friday, May 25th, kicks off Memorial Day weekend and is nationally designated as “Don’t Fry Day.” More than two million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., which is more than new cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. Every time we sunburn, we increase our risk for skin cancer. It is easy to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun:
Water safety—Many of Idaho’s rivers are flowing at high levels, with the water extremely cold and hazardous. Plan your boating and swimming trips carefully to avoid fast-moving and dangerous waters. Other measures you should take include:
Mosquito and tick prevention--The bites of mosquitoes and ticks can spread disease. Protect yourself and your family:
If a tick bites you, use a fine tweezers or notched tick extractor to remove it as close to the skin as possible and pull upwards with a steady, even pressure, being careful not to break off the head, squeeze, crush or puncture the body of the tick. Disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water; and
Talk to your veterinarian about tick prevention products to use on your pets so you are not exposing yourself or them to ticks.
Food safety is always important, and the summer heat can present special considerations. To avoid unpleasant episodes of ‘food poisoning’ or food borne illness remember to:
Travel safety—From Memorial Day throughout the summer, more vehicles will be traveling Idaho roadways. Travel safety tips include:
Most importantly, be prepared. Idaho’s diverse geography and sunny climate offers endless outdoor opportunities, but accidents or unexpected events can occur at any time. Carry a first-aid kit and enough food and water for an emergency. Always let friends or relatives know your travel plans. With a little bit of planning and by taking precautions, your outdoor experiences can be treasured for a lifetime.