If youâ€™re planning a vacation in a warm climate, be sure to pack sunscreen, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, sun hats, sunglasses and a cooler with water.
âœ“â€‚Unplug electrical appliances (except refrigerator)
âœ“â€‚Turn off gas pilots and water faucets
âœ“â€‚Lock all windows and doors
âœ“â€‚Arrange for someone to pick up the mail
âœ“â€‚Place newspaper delivery on hold
âœ“â€‚Notify friends, relatives or neighbors of the vacation destination and how you can be reached
âœ“â€‚Set a timer to turn lights on and off, or ask someone to do it
Follow these tips for a smooth drive down the highway
âž£â€‚Keep the vehicle in good operating condition
âž£â€‚Anticipate heavy traffic flow and allow plenty of time to reach the destination
âž£â€‚Avoid driving long hours
âž£â€‚When towing a trailer or boat, ensure the hitch is secure and strong enough for the job
âž£â€‚Ensure electrical wiring connections are in good condition and lights are operating properly
âž£â€‚Practice backing, turning and stopping to acclimate to towing a boat or trailer
âž£â€‚In an emergency, pull off the road and turn on flashers
âž£â€‚Observe all traffic laws
âž£â€‚Beware of weather and traffic conditions
âž£â€‚Have a first-aid kit
âž£â€‚Donâ€™t drink and drive
âž£â€‚Wear seat belts
“When staying in unfamiliar surroundings, always check for fire exits, alarms and escape routes. In addition to prescription medication, bring along medical information-insurance identification cards and identify where the closest hospitals are just in case you or a family member becomes ill or injured.â€
â€” Tech. Sgt. Elliot Velez, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety NCO-in-charge
Protect skin by using sunscreens with a sun protection factor. Apply 1 ounce 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to bind to the skin. Reapplication of the sunscreen is just as important as putting it on, so reapply the same amount every two hours.
âž¤â€‚SPF 15: or greater is sufficient for everyday activities with only a few minutes in the sun (like running errands)
âž¤â€‚SPF 30: Keeps out 97 percent of UVB rays
âž¤â€‚SPF 50: Keeps out 98 percent of UVB rays
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that is broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or greater and water resistant.
A sunscreen that offers all three helps protect skin from sunburn, early skin aging and skin-cancer. Dermatologists also recommend staying in shade when your shadow is shorter than you are and protect skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing safety office