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Our team at the Zambrano Law Firm wants you to have fun this summer, but we also want you to stay safe and healthy. Many people are wondering how to enjoy the sun without getting sick, so we put together some safety tips to help you make the most of your season.

Tip #1: Keep Your Distance

Whenever you are out and about, remember the primary way COVID-19 spreads is through person to person contact. No matter what you are doing, try to keep 6 feet of distance between you and your family and people who aren’t in your household.

Tip #2: Wear a Mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Your mask will help you keep your germs to yourself, and other people’s masks protect you from their germs. Sometimes, it is impossible to keep 6 feet of distance from others, so masks come in handy in busy or crowded areas, like the grocery store.

If you’re going swimming, you don’t have to wear a mask in the water but do wear it while you’re on the beach and especially in high-traffic areas like beach parking lots.

Tip #3: Stay Outside

Experts recommend choosing outdoor activities over indoor ones. The elements help neutralize the virus and, thus, reduce the risk of spreading it, but there is no such thing as a risk-free activity. Before you leave your house, make your own risk assessment and check that your destination is open.

Try not to invite people outside your household and keep gatherings small and socially distant. Picnics are a good option, as long as you are keeping your distance and not sharing food. Although some bars and restaurants are open, dining or drinking inside may not be a good idea. Ask to sit on the patio if there’s one available.

Tip #4: Wash Your Hands

When you are out and about, experts recommend bringing hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to keep your hands and the surfaces you touch clean. You should also wash your hands before and after you leave or return to your house, after using the restroom or caring for pets, and before preparing food.

Handwashing can not only prevent COVID-19 but also foodborne illness and other diseases, so it’s a good idea – global pandemic or not.

Tip #5: Remember Other Dangers Still Exist

With your focus on COVID-19, it’s easy to forget all the dangers that come with summer. For example, consider the sun. Just because you’re wearing a mask does not mean the risk for sunburns has gone away. Always wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water. If you start to get overheated, move to an air-conditioned environment to avoid heatstroke.

When you are swimming, follow instructions from lifeguards and make sure you are equipped for the environment. Parents should supervise their children whenever they are in or around the water. Don’t forget about the risk of drowning.

Another real danger this summer is the ever-present risk of car accidents. Always drive safely and sober and keep an eye out for reckless drivers.

If you are injured in any kind of accident this summer, the Zambrano Law Firm is here for you.

Call us at (956) 627-0908 or contact us online for a free consultation and legal advice.

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