(PRWEB) May 16, 2014
Memorial Day is the time to relax and have fun with family and friends. Whether you plan to go to the beach, go camping or barbeque in your backyard, Mount Sinai’s health experts offer tips on how to safely survive the holiday and enjoy the festivities.
- Sun safety: Limit your direct exposure to the sun and use sunscreen with at least 40 SPF if outdoors.
- Follow safety guidelines at the beach or pool: Do not swim in restricted areas and observe lifeguard instructions. Young children should never be left unsupervised at the pool or at the beach.
- Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold: Eating improperly cooked or stored foods may result in illness.
- Decrease your chance of mosquito bites: Use a repellent with at least 20 percent DEET (which offers protection of up to several hours) and if using sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first, then the repellent second.
- If entering wooded areas: Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants that can tuck into your socks, and do a full body inspection for ticks after your time outdoors.
- Observe local safety laws when bicycling: Always use safety helmets and other protective gear as mandated by law.
- During periods of high temperatures: hydrate often. Drink water and avoid sugary drinks or alcohol when possible. Also be sure to check on your elderly neighbors.
Experts Available for Interview:
Lauren Peccoralo, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and General Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sam Alstein, DO, Medical Director of Beth Israel Medical Group, Mount Sinai Beth Israel