Tips for a safe summer from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Tips for a safe summer from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

July 3, 2019
a cartoon image of a smiling sunSummers are filled with plenty of outdoor activities and fun in the sun. Don’t let illness or accidents spoil the fun for you and your family. Whether you are planning a vacation or staying close to home, stay safe and healthy during the summer months by following these tips:
  • Beat the heat. Drink lots of water. Dehydration can lead to problems ranging from headaches to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke. Cool off indoors when you need to and pay attention to heat advisories.
  • Avoid sunburn. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so limit your sun exposure during these peak hours and protect your skin with a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher. Seek out shade and keep covered with long sleeves and pants when possible, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Practice safe food handling. Food poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures provide a breeding ground for germs. Take extra precautions like washing hands after they have touched raw meat. Use a food thermometer to ensure cooked meats reach a safe, internal temperature.
  • Keep the bugs away. Use insect repellant that contains at least 20% DEET to avoid the spread of diseases such as Zika and Lyme disease through bug bites. Avoid wearing perfume and using scented soaps, as sweet scents can attract some insects. Also make sure your children are up to date on vaccines; summer is a great time to catch up on appointments.
If you do require medical attention, and you are enrolled in HealthSelect of Texas®, Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM or HealthSelect Out-of-State, you have options for care.  And, for any questions about coverage, how to locate a doctor or hospital or other questions, call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Saturday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT.