The summer season is the favorite of many, with so many outdoor activities, family visits, and vacations to enjoy, as well as the usual work and childcare commitments. Summer can be a time of extremes with heat, humidity and a hot sun to contend with. Along with all the summer fun, there can be dangers attached.
Most of us know the common warnings about summer but there are other dangers out there that are less talked about.
The sun makes us feel good. Our bodies respond positively to its brightness and warmth and it provides the body with crucial vitamin D. But the sun can also cause burns, blisters, skin cancers and premature aging. It can also poison the body, in a condition known as photodermatitis.
This condition is not the same as sunburn or heatstroke. Rather, it's an allergic reaction to the sun's rays, particularly its UV light. It can make a person severely ill. Symptoms include itchy, blistering skin and rashes, nausea and sickness.
It's hard to know if a person is allergic to the sun in this way unless sun poisoning happens. Some ways to avoid it, though, include wearing plenty of sunscreen to limit exposure to UV rays, and covering eyes and heads.
According to an EmpowHER article about sun poisoning, risk factors include "unknown factors like diet, medications (including over the counter medications), and the kind of sunscreen used. People taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be more at risk, as well as those taking antibiotics for bacterial concerns – these antibiotics are known as Tretracyclines."
Children love to play in garages! They smell interesting, have lot of equipment for nosy kids to explore and are cool in summer, as well as providing a place to go when it's raining. But garages can be deadly. They often contain poisons, sharp tools like saws, lawn trimmers and lawn mowers.
All of these can and have seriously hurt or killed children. The garage can be made a no-go zone without direct supervision, or action can be taken to make it safe.