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  Weekly Feature (July 19, 2008)


Summer Safety
Dina's Weekly Feature


After an unusually cold June, it finally feels like summer! The days have been sunny and warm. While most people have probably been enjoying the weather, letís not forget to practice summer safety.

Some easy to follow steps to prevent sunburns include covering up with long sleeves and hats, avoiding exposure to the sun between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when the sunís rays are the strongest), and using sunscreens with SPF 15 or greater. More information about sun safety

The sunís rays can also cause eye damage. It is a good idea to wear sunglasses that provide at least 98% protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Todayís sunglasses also come in a variety of coloured lenses, but gray is commonly used for driving and general wear. Inspecting your lenses periodically for scratches or any other damage is also recommended.

Finally, letís not forget that the heat from the sun can also affect us through our food. Many people enjoy cooking outdoors during summer which means less access to sinks and refrigerators. The hot and humid weather is ideal for the growth of bacteria. Some food safety tips include keeping cold food cold, separating raw and cooked foods, and cooking foods properly.  More information on food safety

Have a safe and fun summer!



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