Southwest Florida. – The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Monroe and Okeechobee counties is encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend. good health.

Follow these tips for a healthy vacation weekend.

Water Safety: Every year, many children drown during summer vacation weekends. Awareness of basic water safety principles, combined with knowledge and understanding of water hazards, can increase enjoyment and significantly reduce drowning deaths each year.

• Always keep your eyes on children in and around water, including swimming pools and open bodies of water. Actively supervising and giving children your full attention when they are in or around water can help prevent drownings.

• Never leave a child alone near water.

• If your child is missing, check other nearby pools or bodies of water.

• Use barriers around water, including fences, self-closing/latching gates, and gates secured with alarms. Barriers help keep young children out of bodies of water, including lakes, pools, ponds, etc.

Sun safety:

• Seek shade when the sun is strongest, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on all exposed skin before going outside. Remember to reapply every two hours after swimming or sweating.

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat that protects your face, ears and neck. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from sun exposure.

• For extra protection, you can wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts.

Food safety:

• Before and after handling raw meat, poultry, eggs and seafood, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Separate raw foods to avoid cross-contamination. Use one cutting board for raw meat, poultry and seafood and another for vegetables and fruit.

• Cook all foods to the correct temperature using a food thermometer.

• Cooking sweets may tempt you to eat dough or batter, but it is not safe.

• Be sure to refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours. If the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, refrigerate food within an hour.


About the Florida Department of Health in Collier County

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County, nationally accredited as part of an integrated local public health service system by the Public Health Accreditation Council, works to protect , to promote and improve the health of all Florida residents through integrated state, county and community efforts. .

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