The sun is hot and can burn. This is especially true of sensitive skin. So, to avoid sunburn and even the potential for skin cancers, wear protective clothing and for exposed skin, use a sunscreen rated at least 15 SPF or higher. The American Academy of Dermatology(AAD) recommends sunscreens that protect from both UVA and UVB rays or “Broad-Spectrum” protection on the label. Babies younger than 6 months old should be protected from direct summer sun.  Avoiding the peak hours of the sun’s harmful rays, generally, 10:00am-2:00pm can also keep both children and adults safe during outdoor activities. For more information on skin protection and sunscreens, visit the (AAD)Academy of Dermatology website.


If venturing into woods or fields, be aware of ticks. Always check for these pesky passengers after a trip into the great outdoors. They attach to clothing and typically will crawl up, so check on ankles and legs first.  Ticks can transmit many diseases depending on their species. The most notable diseases transmitted by ticks are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.


Mosquitoes are always hanging around so make sure that there is no standing water where you live and use insect repellent when outdoors. Some bug repellents that contain DEET may be effective in repelling ticks and mosquitoes but use caution with products containing DEET. For young children, it is recommended to use bug repellents that contain only 30 percent DEET or less.


Then there are other varmints! Bears are in some areas but usually not bothersome unless they are bothered. Same goes for snakes. Give nature’s critters space of their own and avoid either harming them or yourself!



These tips should make summer a much more enjoyable time for everyone!