Yesterday, the high temperature in Miami was a whopping 90 degrees. It’s the beginning of November, and much to our dismay, we’re experiencing hotter than normal weather this year. While the rest of the country is cozied up and embracing scarves and cute boots, us Floridians are miserably sweating in horrific flip-flops. It’s sad enough that we have “fake” fall, with no changing colors of the leaves and are having to opt for the iced version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte to cool down.
Our bundled up friends to the north are probably hating on our situation right now, but what they don’t realize is how many health hazards our endless summer brings. Search online for safety and prevention topics, and you’re sure to find bountiful information on preventing frostbite and fighting colds. Just because the rest of the country gets to experience normal seasons, it would be irresponsible to not communicate pertinent health information to those who don’t.
Here are some forgotten topics you might want to cover (or add to your editorial calendar and save these for spring):
- Drowning Prevention
Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
It takes a loss of only 1% – 2% of your body’s ideal water content to cause dehydration.
- Sun Safety
Put on broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days.
Is your new jogging trail a safe and even path? Are you using correct body control when gardening? Use your legs when you squat!
- Heat Rash
To prevent it, choose breathable cotton clothing, avoid heavy ointments and creams (they can block sweat ducts), and choose oil-free sunscreens.
- Learn Your Leaves
Poison ivy, sumac, and oak aren’t just woodland hazards; they can also pop up at the beach, in your backyard, and in parks.
- Mosquitos and Bug Bites
A picnic table littered with sugary drinks is like a standing invitation to bees and wasps. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos.
- Foodborne Illness
A full cooler stays colder longer than a partially filled one, so pack food straight from the fridge and pour on ice to the brim to prevent growth of harmful bacteria.
Hot, sunny weather can be bad news if you have asthma, which is 40 percent more common in women than in men.
Maybe you’re not in a warmer area yourself, but consider that someone in your audience might be. A simple reminder from a trusted source might save a life.