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At last, summer is upon us. It is a time to revel in the words of Keats: “The poetry of the earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees …” Whether you hike, ride, swim, run, garden or travel, savor the season. But do it safely. Every year, summer takes its toll from those who don’t respect its powers. Here are some common summertime health hazards, and tips for keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. The strong sun It’s simple: too much sun can be dangerous. Protect your skin by limiting your exposure to direct sun. Wear sunglasses and a hat that protects your head, neck and face. Be aware there’s a difference between sunscreen, which absorbs ultraviolet radiation, and sunblock. Health experts advise you to apply both before venturing into the blazing sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF of 30 or greater, applied in the correct amount and reapplied as needed.