With the Florida summer in full effect its important to know ways to keep you and your family safe.

Dr. Mariaah Williams, Primary Care Physician at St. Cloud’s Primary Care South office, shared these summer safety tips in St. Cloud Medical Group’s recent Medical Moment: (Watch the full video above)

Summer comes with lots of outdoor activities and fun in the sun and protecting your skin from sun damage is key. Regular sunscreen use can prevent signs of premature aging and also prevent the development of skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied 15-30minutes before sun exposure. Broad-spectrum products SPF of 30 or higher are recommended for individuals performing outdoor work, sports, or recreational activities. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours or after swimming, significant sweating or drying off with a towel.

If you are going to be outside for extended periods make sure you are taking time to cool off by stepping into an air conditioned or cool, well shaded area. Hydration is also important. And staying well hydrated means drinking lots of fluids: including water or electrolyte fortified beverages to help prevent dehydration.

Make sure to keep a close eye on little ones in the water, whether this be at the beach, lake or pool. Never leave kids unattended around any body of water, and make sure there’s appropriate adult supervision at all times.

Make the most of summer, but most importantly make sure to stay safe.

Dr. Williams provides primary care services for children and adults, starting at two years of age through senior adults. She provides well checks for children and women, immunizations, physicals, sick visits, health screenings, and can help patients manage a wide range of chronic conditions. St. Cloud Medical Group Primary Care South is located at 3356 Canoe Creek Rd. in St. Cloud. Walk-in patients are welcome and same-day appointments are often available by calling 407-891-2992 or by visiting StCloudPhysicians.com.