Heading to the woods? Beach? Lake? With so many outdoor activities to choose from, summer makes being active easy. Make sure that you and your adventure buddies are prepared to handle whatever nature may throw your way. Here are several summer outdoor safety tips to consider on your summer getaway, wherever it takes you…
In the woods
- Walking is good for you. 90 minutes of walking in nature can calm your nerves.
- Dress in layers. When hiking, air temperatures can quickly change from warm to cold, especially in the mountains or as the sun goes down.
- Avoid blisters. Wear snug-fitting socks and shoes that let you wiggle your toes.
On the water
- About 50 percent of Americans can’t swim. Please wear a life jacket!
- Rivers and lakes can feel nice and cool on a hot day, but be careful about getting too cold. Hypothermia can occur in 70-degree water if you’re in it long enough.
- Reflections off the water can intensify UV rays. Wear sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.
At the coast
- A riptide can go faster than an Olympic swimmer. Be alert, and if in doubt, don’t go out.
- Prime sunburn time is from 10 am to 4 pm. Stay in the shade to prevent sunburn.
- Even if it’s cloudy out, you could still get a sunburn because UV light can pass through clouds.
Enjoy this “Summer Outdoor Safety” infographic, courtesy of PeaceHealth: