HealthWatch: Summer hazards, and how to avoid them

By Clara Glendale | Wealth & Hellness Reporter

Insects want to ruin your summer. Don't let 'em do it! (Midge Culicidae)
Insects want to ruin your summer. Don’t let ’em! (Midge Culicidae)

As summer approaches — and it will! — health experts caution residents to guard against summer health risks.

To that end, here are some of the most common dangers and quick advice from Zirk Landers of Michiana Uni-County Health Agency.


Ultraviolet rays — otherwise also known as UV rays — are a danger. We all know this.

Solution: Use sunscreen. If you do overexpose and get a sunburn, complain a lot about how you much you didn’t sleep much last night.

Ticks, stings and mosquito bites

Mosquito bites are less “scary” than finding a tick attached to your head, or having a bee in your bonnet. But mosquitos are nothing to laugh at. I should know. One time, I giggled at a mosquito, and it bit me.

Solution: Stay indoors with air conditioning full-blast and watch baseball.

Grilling mishaps

Flare-ups, out-of-control use of lighter fluid, propane leaks, picking up hot coals with bare hands — hazards are endless.

Solution: Never host a cookout.

Lawnmower injuries

Ooh, I don’t even want to think about that.

Foodborne illness

Otherwise known as “picnic flu,” this can ruin an otherwise glorious summer day. But not until the next day, probably.

Solution: Consider eating at a health-department approved restaurant before you go to the picnic.


Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions, according to Mayo Clinic.

Solution: Drink more water.

Weekday hangover

No elaboration necessary.

Solution: Use same strategy as you would in spring, fall and winter.

Have a question for Zirk Landers? Visit the health agency’s email page.

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