Summer brings lots of hazards–weather, heat, faster food spoilage, insect bites, poisonous plants, more work zones, and the list goes on.
A recent article in the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s Health and Safety Report highlighted some of these hazards. Here are a few quick tips:
To keep foods safer in summer, think Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. To reduce the chance of spreading bacteria, wash you hands frequently while preparing food (frequent hand washing is a good tip anytime), and rinse raw fruits and vegetables. Keep meats and their juices separated and clean surfaces used to prepare them. Make sure you cook food thoroughly. And, keep food chilled, even when it is out for a short time.
Summer storms can pop up very quickly. Watch weather reports and at the first grumblings of the sky, seek shelter. Stay out of water during lightning storms.
Stay hydrated in the heat. Water or electrolyte-enriched drinks are the best options.
When spending time outdoors, wear light clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent. Check for ticks. If you have one, remove it carefully with a tweezers. Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds–any place there is standing water.
You can read the full article here.