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Dina's Weekly Feature
Summer Safety 2009


Now that we are experiencing beautiful summer days, donít forget to practice summer safety so that the summer continues to be enjoyable.

To prevent sunburn, limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (or stay in the shade if possible), wear lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirts, wear a hat with a wide brim, and use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater.  Find out more about SPF

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

Find out how much you know about summer safety by taking a quiz

Have a safe and fun summer!


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