Debunked 1:When we think about drowning hazards, we imagine large bodies of water, such as lakes, creeks and swimming pools. The reality,...
When we think about drowning hazards, we imagine large bodies of water, such as lakes, creeks and swimming pools. The reality, however, is that children can drown in as little as two inches of water, according to World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) Drowning can also be a silent hazard, as children who slip underwater might not get a chance to yell or splash and can drown within 30 seconds, according to the University of Michigan Health System. Supervising young children closely, regardless of the depth of the water in which they’re playing, is the best way to ensure their safety. As an extra precaution, remember to pour the water out of items such as kiddie pools and buckets when they are not in use.
Debunked 2:It’s easy to assume that sunscreens with an SPF of more than 50 will offer significantly greater protection from UV radiation. People...
It’s easy to assume that sunscreens with an SPF of more than 50 will offer significantly greater protection from UV radiation. People might, as a result, remain outdoors for a longer than usual because they assume they’re protected. After all, SPF 50 should be almost twice as effective as SPF 30, meaning we can stay out twice as long, right? Unfortunately, this is a common misconception.
While properly applied SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 97 per cent of UVB (short-wave) rays, which cause sunburns, skin damage and non-melanoma skin cancers, SPF 50 sunscreen blocks 98 per cent of UVB rays, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. That’s only one per cent more protection. A higher SPF also does little to increase sunscreen’s protection against UVA (long-wave) rays, which penetrate deeper to contribute to skin aging and wrinkling. To ensure maximum protection, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends all sunscreens, regardless of SPF, should be reapplied every two hours. Remember to also choose sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Debunked 3:On those dreary, cloudy summer days, applying sunscreen is the last thing we would think about doing. Don’t let the absence of...
On those dreary, cloudy summer days, applying sunscreen is the last thing we would think about doing. Don’t let the absence of sunlight fool you, though. You can still get sunburned! According to the University of Arizona Cancer Center, thin clouds can still let through about 70 to 80 per cent of UV radiation. Harmful UV rays might also reflect off the sides of clouds, which can increase the focus of the rays, making them stronger. So slather on a protective layer of sunscreen, put on a long-sleeved shirt and don a cap before you step out under the cloudy sky.
Debunked 4:You’re on a summer camping trip and you suddenly notice a poppy seed-sized tick attached to your skin. You might have heard about...
You’re on a summer camping trip and you suddenly notice a poppy seed-sized tick attached to your skin. You might have heard about using the heat from a freshly extinguished match to draw it out, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), relying on this folk remedy might only cause further grief. This method can often prompt the tick to burrow deeper within your skin and release more secretions that can increase the risk of infecting you with Lyme disease-causing bacteria.
The CDC recommends removing a tick by using fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close as possible to the skin and pull it upward without twisting to ensure parts of the tick do not break off into the skin. Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol after flushing the tick down the toilet, wrapping it in tape, or dropping it into alcohol to kill it.
Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but the CDC still suggests we take preventative measures, such as using insect repellents with a concentration of 20 to 30 per cent DEET, a chemical that repels biting insects. Another recommendation is to treat clothing (never skin) with products that contain 0.5 per cent permethrin, a chemical that kills ticks on contact.Shutt
Debunked 5:Insect repellents can be a blessing during camping trips, hikes and other outdoor activities in summer, but many people,...
Insect repellents can be a blessing during camping trips, hikes and other outdoor activities in summer, but many people, including parents of young children, might be wary of using chemical-laden repellents to ward off bugs. One alternative that has been in the market for the past few years is an ultrasonic device that is supposed to emit sound waves to repel insects.
Much to our disappointment, however, they don’t actually work, as BBC News reported in 2012.
There are still other ways to keep insects from ruining your summer fun. Health Canada suggests removing any old standing water from kiddie pools, bird baths and plant pot saucers, which can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Other ways to reduce the risks posed by insects is to tuck in clothes, cover up in long sleeves and pants when possible, reduce the use of scented soap and perfume and to avoid going outside at dawn and dusk when mosquito activity is high.
Debunked 6:Advice about treating stings from various stinging insects has spread across the Internet after the recent death ofLucie F. Roussel,...
Advice about treating stings from various stinging insects has spread across the Internet after the recent death ofLucie F. Roussel, mayor of La Prairie, Que., who suffered an allergic reaction from being stung almost 15 times by wasps after stepping on a nest in her garden. Since wasps’ stingers don’t detach easily, they can sting people repeatedly. A bee’s stinger, however, is barbed and sticks in the skin, along with its venom sack. When it comes to removing the stinger, the belief that scraping it off is the safer option is false. According to Wasp Removal UK, the same amount of venom will be released into the stung individual, regardless of the method used to remove the stinger. It is more essential to remove it as quickly as possible. After removing the stinger, wash and ice the wound to relieve pain. In the case of an allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock (signs include: an itchy, red skin rash; swelling in the hands, feet, lips, or eyes; difficulty breathing; sickness; and a metallic taste in the mouth), Wasp Removal UK advises people to remove the stinger quickly and seek medical attention.
Debunked 7:This claim is true to an extent: hot and cold food can be stored at room temperature, but only for up to two hours (if the room...
This claim is true to an extent: hot and cold food can be stored at room temperature, but only for up to two hours (if the room temperature is higher than 32 C, the food will keep for only one hour). The Public Health Agency of Canada suggests the best way to prevent bacteria from growing on food is to keep cold food cold at 4 C or lower and hot food hot at 60 C or higher. Any temperature between 4 C and 60 C is considered to be in the danger zone in which bacteria can form.