DOH-Collier’s recommendations for a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend

Prevention tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday weekend

Naples, Florida – The Florida Department of Health Collier County (DOH-Collier) wants to make sure residents and visitors are safe this holiday weekend. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, an outdoor picnic, a day on the boat, or just playing outside, follow these tips for a healthy holiday weekend.

Mosquito Safety – Mosquitoes can carry viruses that can cause disease in humans. To prevent mosquitoes from ruining your holiday fun, remember the 5 D’s:

  • Avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn
  • Use an insect spray that contains DEET or other EPA-approved repellents containing picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.
  • Drain the stagnant water
  • Dress in long pants and long-sleeved shirts

Water Safety – It’s important to remember, regardless of your age, never swim alone. Use barriers when around water, this includes fences, self-closing/self-locking gates and secure doors with alarms, these can prevent small children from entering bodies of water including lakes, pools, ponds, etc. Remember that layers of protection are necessary to prevent drowning. No device or solution can prevent drowning.

Boating Safety – Never drink alcohol before operating a boat or watercraft. Make sure all passengers wear a life jacket, no matter how good a swimmer the person may be. Lifejackets must be properly sized for a person’s size and weight.

Thermal safety – Never leave anyone in a parked car, including pets. Temperatures can quickly become dangerously high and be fatal to children or pets. If you see a child or pet left in a car unattended, call 911 and notify authorities.

Sun Protection – Seek shade between 10am and 4pm when the sun is at its strongest. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 on all exposed skin and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, ears, and back of your head. Protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from sun exposure by wearing sunglasses. Wear light, long-sleeved shirts whenever possible.

Food Safety – Wash your hands before and after preparing food. Cook meat, poultry and seafood thoroughly and do not cross-contaminate foods. Bacteria can grow quickly on food left warm. Be sure to have a cooler or refrigerator to pack leftovers. Discard leftover meat, chicken, fish, and eggs if left for an hour or more at temperatures above 90°F.

Bicycle Safety – Brain injury is one of the most serious cycling injuries. Children must wear a helmet at all times when riding a bicycle. Supervise younger children while riding bicycles to ensure they are safe and do not obstruct moving vehicles.

Storm Safety – Remember: when it thunders, go indoors and immediately move away from bodies of water, lakes, pools and away from the beach. Find a safe and enclosed shelter. A safe shelter can include a home, office, shopping center, or vehicle with a hard top and rolled-up windows. Never use a tree as a shelter and avoid open shelters such as a porch or gazebo.

COVID-19 Safety – It is important to remember that COVID-19 remains in our community. If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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For the Florida Department of Health in Collier County

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County, nationally accredited as part of an integrated local public health system by the Public Health Accreditation Council, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through the integrated efforts of state, county and the community.

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