Memorial Day. It’s the first big holiday of the summer – are you sure that you’re ready for it? Be sure to check out these tips:
- Know how to remove a tick. Spending more time outdoors means more spending more time in areas where bloodsucking ticks might latch onto you and, possibly, transmit Lyme disease or some other ailment. So check yourself thoroughly when you’ve been in tick territory (check kids and pets too). To remove a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to your skin as possible, and pull upward with slow, steady pressure. Use a tissue or latex gloves if you need to handle the tick. Wash your hands and the site of the bite with soap and water.
- Don’t burn down your house. Place your grill at least three feet from your house, or any other structure, on a non flammable surface. If you haven’t used your gas grill since last summer, check the hoses for blockages. Consider a new gas grill with more safety features if yours is several years old.
- Don’t get tripped up by flip-flops. After nearly a year in the closet, your favorite pair of flip-flops could use a close inspection. Replace them if they show signs of severe wear. Don’t wear them while doing yard work or playing sports.