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Monday, March 7, 2016

Spring Break Safety Tips

If you're heading out on vacation for Spring Break, whether with college pals or your own kids and family, make safety a top priority. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offers some tips for travel and smart behavior while on Spring Break:

1. Limit alcohol.

Alcohol can impair your judgment and actions and lead to a host of other issues like dehydration, nausea, vomiting, and passing out. And as always, don't drink and drive.

2. Plan ahead.

Know your destination...are vaccinations required? Are there any travel restrictions or severe weather situations on the horizon? Be prepared for all of these things, and anything else that may come up, especially if traveling abroad.

3. Check your equipment.

If you will be partaking in a high-risk activity, like skiing or scuba-diving, make sure your gear is good. Ensure that all equipment is in decent condition and proper working order, and also that you know how to use it. Consider taking a class beforehand if you will be trying out something new while on vacation.

4. Know the the water.

When swimming or boating, especially if you have not been in the water for several months, know what's expected and what you can do to prevent injury or death for yourself and others. Wear life jackets, or other personal flotation devices, as required, and be aware of any weather warnings if near a natural body of water. Also avoid alcoholic beverages, and pay special attention to any children who are with you to make sure that they stay safe.

5. Slather on the sunscreen.

The hot sun feels great after months of the cold winter, but exposed skin that has not been outdoors for a while is very vulnerable to burning. Sunburn can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, and can make for a miserable vacation. Even when you are in the snowy mountains, always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and reapply it often.

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