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Tips to stay safe this summer

Even though summer is almost over, you still need to be safe. Here are some safety tips to make it fun, enjoyable and safe.

Most important is sunscreen, which should be at least SPF 30. You should reapply it often. Sunglasses, swim goggles and hats can help protect your eyes from water and UV rays. A beach umbrella will also protect you from the sun's rays.

If you do get burned by the sun, aloe vera helps heal skin and reduce pain. As you know, the sun is the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You should never swim in rain, thunder or lightning. When swimming, you should always swim in pairs and if at the beach, swim only when there are lifeguards on duty. If you get stuck in a riptide, swim parallel to the shore. When swimming in open waters, be aware of watercrafts and floating debris. Wearing water shoes will protect your feet.

Stay hydrated and wear light-colored clothing to keep cool. If you plan on riding a bike or skateboarding, you should always wear a helmet and protective gear.


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