Summer Safety Reminders to Share with Your Employees
Quick tip: Put on sunscreen first and wait 20 minutes before applying insect repellent. Although repellent with DEET provides the longest-lasting protection against mosquito bites, it reduces how well sunscreen works by one-third when applied at the same time.
You can enjoy fun outdoor activities, but remember to use sunscreen with a “sun protection factor” (SPF) of 15 or higher. When possible, limit your exposure to the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, including dizziness, nausea, heavy sweating and headaches. Protect yourself by wearing lightweight clothing and a hat, avoiding strenuous activity and drinking water often. Don’t drink beverages with caffeine or alcohol, because they dehydrate the body.
Use insect repellent to lower your chances of being bitten by insects. Mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks can cause annoying bites, skin infections and sometimes a serious disease such as West Nile virus or Lyme disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other experts suggest that it is safe to apply insect repellent with 10% to 30% DEET to children older than age 2 months. If you have a question or concern about the use of insect repellents, or if you are pregnant or nursing, talk with your doctor.
Products that don't effectively prevent mosquito bites:
- Electronic or ultrasonic devices
- Electrocuting devices, often called "bug zappers"
- Mosquito traps
- Geranium house plants
- Citronella candles
- Taking thiamine (vitamin B1) supplements
- Wrist, ankle, and neck bands that contain repellents, such as DEET or citronella
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