Summer is a fun time of year for kids and adults alike.

The temperature is starting to rise and the outdoor summer camps, barbeques, camping trips and baseball games have begun. Summer is a fun time of year for kids and adults alike.

The increased heat and sun exposure can also create some health problems both immediately and in the long run. Below are some tips to help you keep from getting “burnt” by the summer activities.

1. Protect yourself from sunburns. Sunburns can be painful for several days and can contribute to the development of skin cancer down the road. It is important to wear sunblock, protective clothing, and get suspicious moles checked out by a doctor. Stay in the shade when it is possible. You should also protect your eyes from damaging sun rays by wearing sun glasses.

2. Stay hydrated. It is easy to get dehydrated in the summer heat, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Drink plenty of water to keep your body from overheating, aid in digestion, circulation, and absorption of vitamins and minerals, and help your kidneys rid your body of toxins. This can also help prevent kidney stones.

3. Use insect repellent. Bites from insects like mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks can be very irritating and can spread diseases. The CDC recommends that you wear repellents that contain at least 20 percent DEET for the best results.

4. Be safe around water. Use U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets on the water. This is especially true for children and adults who can’t swim well. Be sure to keep a close eye on children when they are in or near water. It is also important that those in your party know how to call 911 and what to do in the event of an emergency. If you will be on a boat, make sure you have all the required equipment and practice good boat safety.

Taking these small steps can make all the fun of summer even more enjoyable. If you work outside or spend a lot of time outdoors it is even more important that you protect yourself. Get outside and stay active this summer safely!