Weatherford Democrat

Extension News

June 23, 2013

EXTENSION NEWS: Keeping safe this summer


Activities in salt water or in pools with high levels of pH may require more frequent applications of sunscreen, she added. A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is recommended.

When summer activities do not involve water sports, protect the skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants in a light-weight, light-colored, tightly woven fabric such as cotton or some other natural fiber. Manmade fibers are more likely to be hotter than natural fibers because it prevents the flow of air to the skin.

Wear a hat that shades the face, ears and back of the neck, and sunglasses to protect the eyes. Stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. if possible.

Also, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. One rule of thumb for active children is to drink 5 ounces of cool water every 20 minutes when playing outdoors.


When it comes to safe bicycle riding the main thing above all is wearing a helmet and knowing basic biking rules. Learn when and where you are able to ride a bike. Some places are safe and some are not.

When riding bicycles or tricycles, young children may need to be supervised by an older child or an adult.

Make sure the bicycle is in good working condition by inspecting the bicycle chain, brakes, tires and lights. In addition to a properly-fitting, age-appropriate helmet, children should wear shoes when riding bikes – no open-toed shoes or bare feet. And they should not wear loose-fitting pants that might get tangled in the bicycle chain.

Don’t wear headphones while riding a bike either, she warned. Listening to music while riding might be fun, but it also limits hearing, which is a safety hazard.


Wearing long pants and shirts with long sleeves, in light-colored, light-weight, tightly-woven fabrics can provide a measure of protection from insect bites, as well as protection from the sun.

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