Tips for a fun and safe summer

FREEHOLD, NJ – As the weather gets warmer, the Monmouth County Health Department urges you to stay safe this summer and think “S.U.R.F.”

“With the summer season upon us, it is important that our constituents enjoy the beautiful weather outside while thinking ‘S.U.R.F’ to remember safety guidelines,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley. “With so many wonderful places to visit in this great county we want to make sure everyone has a very healthy and safe summer.”

“This is the perfect time to be in Monmouth County and we encourage residents and tourists to visit our beaches and area businesses and we want them to do that as safely as possible,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone. “For great tips on safety and on places to see, please go to www.VisitMonmouth.com and explore the possibilities for summer fun!”

“As you enjoy spending time with your friends and family outside and exploring area trails, parks and campgrounds, always remember to wear protective clothing and bug spray to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and ticks,” said Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Esq. “Taking these important steps to ensure the safety of you and your family will make the great outdoors all the better.”

Starting today, the “S.U.R.F.” campaign will kick off on social media to remind the public of summer safety measures.

Sun Safety
· Stay cool and hydrated. Drink water, at least two to four cups upon rising.
· While enjoying the sun and outdoors, protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight by wearing a hat and using sunscreen. The best protection from UV light is with sunscreens that have a SPF of at least 30.

Under the Boardwalk / Bathing Safety
· Keep children under active supervision at all times.
· Bathe at guarded beaches and pools only. Don’t swim alone… Use the Buddy system.
· NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. Go to safe shelter immediately.

Repel Mosquitoes and Other Pests
· All mosquitoes need standing water to begin their life cycle. Regularly check and dispose of standing water.
· Check for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in the hair.
· Use an effective insect repellent. For more information contact the Monmouth County Mosquito Control at 732-542-3630.

Food Safety
· Use a food thermometer to make sure meat and poultry are cooked thoroughly to their safe minimum internal temperatures.
· Perishable food should not sit out for more than two hours. In hot weather (above 90°F), food should NEVER sit out for more than one hour.