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Be Bug and Sun Smart during Outdoor Summer Activities

Here are some tips to consider when your employees are outdoors this summer while at work, at the beach, biking, golfing, playing sports, swimming, boating, hiking or camping. Whether you are a participant or spectator you need to protect yourself.

Be Sun Smart…

  • Avoid sun exposure between 11am  and 4pm when the sun rays are the strongest;
  • Wear sun screen with SPF 30 or higher, apply 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 2 hours or more frequently if you sweat or get wet;
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and a long sleeved shirt and pants;
  • Seek  shade whenever you can or create shade using umbrellas, portable canopies or tents;
  • Never intentionally tan or use indoor tanning facilities. There is no such thing as a safe tan. A tan is a sign that your skin is damaged; and
  • Prevent dehydration when in the sun or summer heat by drinking plenty of water.

Be Bug Smart…

Mosquitoes and ticks are in our area. Protect yourself from insect bites that can transmit illnesses like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, sock and shoes(tuck pants into socks) when going into forested areas;
  • Wear light coloured clothing;
  • Avoid mosquito habitats such as swamps, forests and standing water;
  • Apply an insect repellent containing DEET sparingly according to the package directions and never directly on the face.  Apply sunscreen first, then the insect repellent.
  • For more information, visit Peterborough Public Health and click on sun safety under My Life & Health or West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease under My Home & Environment..

Source:  Peterborough Public Health

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