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Livingston Health & Police Department Share Summer Safety Tips

by: Sue Adler
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It’s summertime and that means lots more time for outdoor fun, but also lots more reasons to practice good health and safety for ourselves and our loved ones.  The Livingston Health and Police Departments are working hard to remind its residents about some of the safe practices necessary to have a fun-filled and safe summer.

Whether you’re gardening, swimming, exploring nature or just plain relaxing, here are some simple tips to keep us all safe and happy this summer…..

Fun in the Sun

We all love the sunshine, longer days, and extra leisure time at the pool or beach.  But it’s good practice to avoid being outdoors during the intense midday heat.  Cover up from the sun with the proper clothing, a brimmed hat and sunglasses.  Remember to protect yourself and loved ones from water related illnesses caused by germs or chemicals in pools.  Rinse before entering a pool in order to keep germs out to ensure a healthier swimming experience for everyone.  Be aware of signs of heat stress and remember to apply and reapply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 throughout the day.  Keep in mind that the sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds so remember to practice sun safety even when we think it’s a cloudy day.

The Great Outdoors

Hiking, biking and nature lovers need to keep protected from ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs with insect repellant.  Avoid tick infested areas – places with leaf-litter and high grasses – and use repellant with 20% DEET.  After coming indoors, shower as soon as possible and check your body for ticks. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active in May, June and July, but check in all warm months. And keep your pets safe as well by taking precautionary measures against ticks and fleas.

Around the Yard

Gardening is a great activity for all ages.  Stay safe and healthy as you enjoy the quiet and tranquility of your garden.  Wear gloves and handle sharp tools and chemicals with caution.  Also, protect yourself from the sun and unfriendly insects while enjoying the time in your garden.

Water, Water and More Water

We encourage our children to play outdoors and participate in games and sports for exercise.  But equally important is to ensure they stay safely hydrated by drinking the proper fluids to prevent dehydration.  Make sure they drink plenty of liquids before, during and after activities.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a flavored beverage may be preferable for younger children as they may drink more of it.  Older children may prefer a sports drink.

To learn more about summer safety, check out Livingston’s website for more warm weather safety tips.

In keeping with the safety theme, the Livingston Community Policing/D.A.R.E., created by the police department to address life safety issues, will participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30 to 10:00 pm on the Oval.

National Night Out is a nationwide initiative held annually on the first Tuesday of August.  It was originated to strengthen our neighborhoods through police-community partnerships with the goal of heightening crime and drug prevention awareness and represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination that keeps our beloved neighborhoods safe places to live.

Join in the tradition on August 7, meet your neighbors and learn more about keeping Livingston a fantastic place to call home.

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