By Bryony Wardell
Ahhhh, Memorial Day weekend. It’s a time to remember those who have served and sacrificed. It’s also a celebration that school is out, summer is here and it’s time to ring in a season of sunshine and outdoor activities.
So, pack up the cooler, fire up the grill and follow these easy tips to help you have a fun and healthy good time.
Keep out biting party crashers
Protect yourself from mosquito and tick bites that can carry diseases. If you’re spending time outside, wear EPA-recommended repellent or wear protective long-sleeved clothing. You can also reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by getting rid of standing water and debris where they like to breed. www.scdhec.gov/Mosquitoes
Beat the heat
If you’re spending a day outside, find shade during the heat of the day, wear broad spectrum sunscreen and don’t forget your hat and shades to keep you looking cool and protect yourself from skin damage. Follow sunscreen directions and reapply as needed, especially if you are getting in the water.
Speaking of water, staying hydrated helps you feel your best, so drink plenty of H2O throughout the day. If you are doing an outdoor activity, drink two to four glasses or at least 16 ounces of cool fluids every hour.
Separate and refrigerate
Sharing good food with good friends is part of the fun – don’t let food-borne illnesses spoil it.
If you’re heading for a picnic or event, prepare as much food as you can at home, where you have access to good refrigeration. Keep raw meats and eggs separated from prepared foods and fresh produce, and bring extra utensils and grilling tongs. When transporting food or storing it, either keep your hot food hot (130° F or above) or keep it really cool (40° F or below) along with your cold dishes like coleslaw and potato salad. Get more food safety tips here.
Sport your life jacketThe name says it all. Life jackets can save your life and should always be worn by every member of your family when your on the water. Life jackets come in all styles and sizes – they even make them for your four-legged best friends. Find the right one for you.
Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day!