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Tips for staying healthy at summer events

Summer is here and so is the opportunity to travel, sightsee, have fun with family and friends and attend festivals and events such as local concerts, carnivals, arts and craft shows and fairs. If you're planning to attend, here are some things that will make your visit healthy and enjoyable: 

Tips for Being Healthy Outdoors 

  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially on hot days.  Water is your best choice. 
  • Look for shaded areas to rest from the heat, particularly with young children, seniors or if you are breastfeeding.  
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours. 
  • If you experience any heat-related symptoms, visit a health facility immediately. 
Tips to keep food safe 
  • Don't be fooled by the smell or taste of food. If it isn't handled safely, food can make you very sick and spoil your meals and fun. 
  • Before packing your cooler, wash it with a mild soap and a bleach-water solution and rinse with cold water. This will clean, sanitize and pre-chill it. 
  • Keep all meats, fish, poultry and dairy products as cold as they get in your fridge. The warmer the weather, the more chance food sitting around is going to grow a lot of bacteria. 
  • You can load coolers with ice packs but they should be kept frozen or replaced with an ice block or cubes. Coolers work best when they are stored in a cool place and have tight-fitting lids. 
Tips to Prevent Illness 

  • Prevent yourself from getting sick and spreading germs by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer or washing your hands regularly with soap and water as needed. 
  • If you become sick with diarrhea, vomiting, rash and/or fever, practice good hand hygiene and stay home. 
Tips to Prevent Injuries 

  • Distracted walking is dangerous – pay attention when walking in parking lots or other areas with moving vehicles. 
  • Watch your step - prevent slips, trips and falls caused by uneven ground or other obstacles. 
Tips to prevent insect bites 

  • If outside when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn) or in wooded areas, wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and use a repellent according to the manufacturers’ recommendations. 
  • Apply repellent sparingly on any exposed skin (do not apply underneath clothes), avoiding your eyes; if you do get repellent in your eyes, rinse with water immediately. 
Tips for tobacco-free festivities 

  • Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings including toilet facilities, work vehicles, public transportation and vehicles with children under the age of 16. Outdoor food and bar patios are smoke-free.  
Tips for drinking responsibly 

  • If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation and alternate between alcohol and non-alcohol drinks. 
  • No amount of alcohol is safe when pregnant. 
  • Alcohol impairs, judgment and reaction time no matter how alert the caffeine, sugar and other ingredients in Energy drinks make you feel.
  • Mixing alcohol with other drugs can be dangerous and sometimes fatal; get immediate assistance for anyone who may be experiencing undesirable effects from first aid responders on-site.
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