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6 Smart Tips for UV Safety Month

UV Safety Month

We are in the dead heat of summer, in some places extremely sunny and hot outside. Whether the sun is beaming down strong or hidden behind a sheet of clouds, it is important to make sure and take the proper precautions to preserve your precious skin and avoid overexposure.

According to The American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but also one of the most treatable. Of course they recommend taking the right measures to prevent skin cancer from developing.

Here are some tips that can help keep your skin safe during UV Safety Month and throughout the year:

  1. Wear SPF30 or higher with broad spectrum protection on all uncovered parts of skin and make sure to reapply if out in the sun for long periods of time.
  2. Cover up with protective clothing such as long sleeves, swim shirts for the kids, big floppy hats and sunglasses.
  3. Avoid spending too much time in the direct sun, usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  4. Even if it’s cloudy, make sure to follow the same rules, it doesn’t mean the sun’s rays aren’t getting through!
  5. Do your best to never let yourself get burned.
  6. Make sure and use a good moisturizer following a day in the sun to rehydrate your skin.

Take this sun safety IQ quiz from The American Cancer Society to make sure you are savvy when it comes to protecting yourself from those harmful rays!

Enjoy that time in the sun, but be careful!

Fourth of July Water Safety

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As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, families across the country are heading to cooler places to celebrate. Water destinations are great fun, but safety is a major concern as oftentimes there are no safety measures in place and no lifeguards to ensure they are enforced.

We came across this helpful article discussing how drowning doesn’t always look like drowning. This is a real eye-opener as most people envision it involving a lot of splashing, flailing arms, yelling, etc. In actuality, it may be hard to even realize that a person is struggling in the water. This real-life near-drowning video has been circulating the internet recently and just goes to show how quick it can happen, how difficult it can be to spot, and just how serious a lifeguard should take their job. We give a huge shout out to the lifeguard for taking her job seriously and being so alert!

One way to ensure kids are being watched vigilantly, is to share the responsibility with each of the guardians who are there to “watch” their kids as they swim. If swimming with a group of friends, pick an item such as a pool diving stick or even create a silly hat with a pair of eyes on it that the adult “on duty” has to wear. The idea is to make sure that someone is “on alert” at all times. When one is on duty they can’t be on cell phones and all attention must be on not only their own child(ren), but on all the kids in the swimming area. We think this is a great way to be smart this Fourth of July holiday.

With all that being said, make sure and enjoy your vacation, just be safe!

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

Sunscreen: Teaching Kids Sun Safety

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Spring break is here! A vacation to the beach is a great opportunity to teach your kids how important it is to apply sunscreen.

Make sure and let your kids know it is vital to reapply sunscreen when spending long periods of time in the sun and water. Remind them that even if it isn’t very sunny out, and clouds are in the sky, they can still get a sunburn!

Click on the link below to access a FREE and fun coloring sheet reminding kids to apply sunscreen!  Oh and make sure to share this with all of your friends so their kids can be safe in the sun, too!

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Madame Muscle


Food Safety 101

2042 COVER copyAlong with a number of other health observances, September is also National Food Safety Education month. It is so important to create a safe and sanitary environment when it comes to food preparation. This starts at the grocery store when you are purchasing all of the yummy food that you will be bringing home to your family.


The Kidney Brothers Discuss Water Safety

Following on the heels of our Wednesday post, where we highlighted the dangers of drowning and some of the misconceptions with it, we thought we would let The OrganWise Guys chime in on water safety! The beginning of the summer is a great time to remind everyone just how important it is to stay vigilant and alert when you are watching your kids in a busy swimming environment!