May 20, 2013 : Staying safe this summer

Staying safe this summer

Memorial Day is almost here, which means that summer time is just around the corner. As spring showers give way to warmer temperatures, families are bound to spend more time outside enjoying barbecues, beaches, biking, and all of the other activities that summer time has to offer. Make sure that this summer you and your kids don’t miss out on any great chances to learn and explore in the great outdoors by arming yourself with some Sani-Hands for Kids and a few simple rules.

If you take your children to the park or beach, make sure that you clean their hands when play time is over. Sand and sandboxes can contain animal droppings from different kinds and sizes of creatures. While you may not be able to see the droppings of smaller animals, they are still filled with microorganisms that can potentially make a child sick.

If you don’t live in a moderately or heavily wooded area, you may be unaware of the dangers presented by ticks. Vacationers can often find themselves returning home from camping trips carrying a few extra guests into their home in the forms of these small disease transmitting parasitic arachnids. Make sure that you and your family are aware of what common symptoms of Lyme disease are and what a tick looks like, also make sure that any animals who have access to the outdoors are also frequently checked since they cannot verbally communicate that they may have one in the same way a human can.

Sunscreen is a must if you are planning on spending any time at all outdoors. If you are outdoors on a sunny day, you and your kids are likely to be fairly active and possibly even take a dip in the pool. Make sure that the sunscreen you choose on days such as this is both sweat-proof and won’t come off in the water. Also be sure to reapply sunscreen every few hours in order to make sure that your skin is fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Always follow directions for use found on the sun screen container.

All of this time spent outdoors is likely to lead to an increased chance of exposure to both wild and domesticated animals. While most animals are perfectly happy and healthy, some (including domestic amphibians such as pet frogs) may be harboring salmonella. After being outdoors or handling your pets, be sure to wash your hands. When soap and water are not available for washing your hands, it is important to keep hand sanitizing wipes accessible in order to help prevent the spread of this disease.

We will continue to update our blog throughout the summer with safety tips for you and your family, be sure to check back and be sure to enjoy your summer!



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