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Five vital tips for a safe Copper Country summer

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As plans are made for another beautiful summer in the Keweenaw, Portage Health wants to remind residents and visitors of the importance of safety by providing five vital tips for a safe and enjoyable summer. Vicki Peterson, manager of Portage Health Trauma Program, generated the following tips:

Sunlight1.    Protect from the sun. While the warm temperatures provide limitless fun, especially near the water, those areas can be the most damaging for skin as ultraviolet radiation exposure can cause serios burn in the short term and skin problems in the long run. Wear sunscreen and if possible shield your body, especially children.
2.    Drink plenty of water. Heat exhaustion shows up more and more often as the days get warmer, especially for athletes. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water on your next bike ride (and a helmet), or have a cooler ready for the kids as they spend a full day playing at the playground.
3.    Always swim safely. We have plenty of beautiful swimming holes in the Copper Country, but we can’t forget when we use them to be safe. Always swim with at least one other person and be sure to stay within the safe limits of the short, a boat or some other floatation device. Also, be aware of underwater obstructions.
4.    Be cautious with fire. Whether it’s fireworks for the Fourth of July or a bonfire at the camp, fire is a common form of entertainment in the Copper Country. However, it’s also a common reason for people to visit the emergency room. Make sure to keep a safe distance and exercise caution.
5.    Practice safe boating. Leaving the shore without the proper amount of lifejackets is not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous. One jacket per person will keep all passengers safe in case the worst happens. It’s also important to remember drinking and boating isn’t any safe than drinking and driving.

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