Speaking of vacations: in recent years the use of “Stay-cation” began being used in conjunction with the financial recession. Many families chose to stay home and do vacation activities, rather than traveling. In fact, last summer, one survey stated that almost 63% of Americans did not travel at all and only 13% left the country.
The summer of 2017 is projected to be a little different with over 40% of Americans stating that they will take some form of a vacation this summer, according to AAA and other travel sites, not surprisingly. According to AAA and some travel sites, people are looking to connect more and have more cultural experiences abroad. They don't want just to visit but experience the cultures.
Of course, those that choose to stay home and make day trips should certainly have your car inspected and have an oil change and have your tires checked and rotated before any long road trips.
Once you're in Vacation mode, you should obviously make sure that you have the appropriate sunscreen to prevent burning. We have all experienced the pain of having a vacation cut short or ruined because someone got too much sun. Severe sunburn is only one of the many reasons to apply sunscreen every day, especially in the hot southwest sun. There are also some other concerns about being out in the sun and heat for too long.
First and foremost, there has been a positive correlation between too much sun, skin damage, and skin cancer. That one thing should be a good enough reason to apply sunscreen every day, just to prevent unnecessary skin damage. Look at it as using moisturizing lotion on a daily basis to prevent aging and wrinkles. Of course, depending on your skin type, will determine the appropriate SPF (sun protection factor) apply. Keep in mind, you won't regret putting on sunscreen, but you may regret not putting it on. SPF or sun protection factor is a measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The SPF number, such as 10, 15, 30 or 50 is a measure of how many times longer your skin will be protected from the sun than it would be without sunscreen at all. So, if your skin began to burn after 10 minutes in the sun without sunscreen, an SPF of 10 would provide you with ten times as long, so 100 minutes and an SBF of 50 would give you 500 minutes. However, you should reapply regularly and certainly after sweating or swimming.
Another summer safety tip, which is significantly more important here in the southwest is remaining hydrated. The human body is approximately 60% water. Therefore, it is essential to stay hydrated in Arizona's hot temperatures. While some variations impact water consumption, like age, weight, activities and overall well-being, the old recommendation is easy to remember, 8 Eight-Ounce glasses of water a day, which is 64 ounces or 1.9 liters. This should maintain an active level of hydration unless it is excessively hot or you have done excessive amounts of activity or exercise in the sun or both. And of course, the reminder that alcohol consumption may also lead to dehydration.
While May is National Water/Pool Safety Month, it is preparation for us to be safe around water all summer long. Over 6,500 adolescents a year require emergency room visits due to critical injuries associated with diving incidents, and almost 4,000 people drown every year, We know that we should never leave children unattended at a pool and we should supervise children to make sure they understand the depth of the pool and where it may be appropriate to dive in a pool and where it is not suitable to dive.
Things that can also help parents keep children safe are following guidelines and safety rules as well as making sure that all necessary signage is visible to everyone using the pool as a reminder of safety first. Of course, common sense applies, but it also requires reinforcing the rules with no running or diving by the pool.
These rules also apply to adults, which may be having fun, socializing and drinking and not following the rules.
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