Safety Tips for Summer & Fireworks

Summer Safety Tips:

Protect your skin: Although you cannot undo sun damage, sometimes it does repair itself so it is never too late to start being skin and sun conscious. Here are some tips on how to do so: apply sunscreen with a SPF (which stands for sun protection factor) of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before getting in the sun and make sure to reapply every couple of hours thereafter.

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and wide-brimmed hats. Be extra careful or avoid sun exposure during peak UV radiation hours which are 10:00am-3:00pm. make sure and “know your skin” watch for any changes or new growths and avoid tanning beds. If you do find something abnormal make sure to get with your Oklahoma health insurance provider to find a physician who can take a look as soon as possible!

Firework safety:

It is that time of year, firework stands, snow cones and 4th of July celebrations! While this can be an exciting and fun time, make sure and keep in mind the National Council on Fireworks Safety’s tips. These are simple rules and some are even common sense, but there are close to 7,000 people across the country injured by fireworks every year.

Make sure and obey all local laws where you live, use fireworks outdoors only, never relight a “dud”, keep spectators a safe distance from the shooter, the shooter should wear safety glasses, do not mix alcohol a fireworks. The National Council on Firework Safety recommends having a “designated shooter” just like you would have a “designated driver”. Never use homemade fireworks they can kill you, make sure and report illegal explosives to the police or fire department in your community.

-In case of an accident it is always good practice to know where the nearest in network hospital is and that it is covered by your Oklahoma health insurance policy. Knowing where the local hospital emergency room is can save lives in a panicked and stressful situation!

Always read and follow the instructions on the firework package, and only persons over the age of 12 should handle sparklers. Keep these tips in mind and make sure that your home insurance policy is current and that all of your risks are covered by your specific Oklahoma homeowners policy.

Keep these tips in mind and have a SAFE and FUN 2012 Summer!

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