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Playing it safe in summer: Having the right equipment and know-how can prevent injuries

Calling the kit a "grab and go," Borden said it should include enough bottled water for three days. That means one gallon of water per person per day.

Additionally you should have a battery-operated radio (complete with batteries that actually work), a blanket, medication, cash (because ATMs are unlikely to work), and a flashlight.

Borden said people should also be trained in first aid and CPR. Knowing these skills can help you save the life of someone in an emergency. While most of the people who come through the Red Cross training are there because it is mandated for their employment, Borden said the truth of the matter is that it is something everyone should know.

"When people use their first aid and CPR knowledge, it's usually on someone they know," said Borden.

SIDEBAR: Take cover from the sun

By JENNIFER FARNSWORTH, Contributing Writer

news@spotlightnews.com

We hear so much this time of year about protecting ourselves from the sun's harmful rays that we sometimes simply tune it out. After months of gray skies and chilly nights, it feels good to close your eyes and let the sun hit your face.

Forgetting that those rays are doing damage is a harmful mistake and one that experts say we will pay for one way or another.

If those ultraviolet rays do not cause skin cancer, they may cause premature aging, and while it is hip to tan when you are a young adult, many older adults will tell you that they would trade in wrinkles for a "pastier" complexion.

From protecting ourselves to protecting our children, it pays to take a little time to understand what is behind those three little letters: SPF.

"The first thing people need to understand is what an SPF actually means, and, more importantly, how it works and works properly," said Dr. Judy Mysliborski of Capital District Dermatology.

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