Outdoor Safety

Tips for Wearing a Mask in Summer

For those of us who like to shop in Indianapolis, wearing a mask this summer isn’t optional; it’s a requirement. When wearing a mask in the heat, keep these tips in mind to minimize your discomfort: Know when a mask is not necessary. If you’re outdoors and social distancing by […]

Sunglasses are healthy for your eyes

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Eyes can be damaged by UV light from the sun, leading to eye cancer, cataracts, and growths on the eye. To protect your eyes, don’t choose sunglasses by the color, since darker glasses don’t give more protection. Instead, buy sunglasses labeled as giving 100% […]

Adapt to cold weather with layered clothing

There is an old saying to the effect that, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. If Indiana weather were more extreme, all Hoosiers would be forced to invest in heavy duty winter clothing. However, even in Indiana, being properly dressed can give us the freedom […]

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

  • Poison Ivy

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are all caused by uroshiol, an oil that is found in all three plants. Since the rash doesn’t appear for 12 to 72 hours, at first it can be hard to tell if you have it. If you think you’ve been exposed, immediately […]

Safe Tick Removal

Ticks are one of the less fortunate signs of summer. The key to safe tick removal is speed. Remove the tick as soon as possible after it latches on. Grab it as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers and jerk straight up. If part of […]