The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that your electronics can be vulnerable to a variety of health threats.
Here are five ways to keep them safe.
Make sure your power source is working When you’re using your laptop or tablet to power your electronics, make sure your battery is turned off and powered down when you’re not using it.
If your device has an indicator light that indicates a power cycle, that means that the battery has a charge that’s too low.
If you can’t find that indicator light, the batteries could be leaking electrolytes and potentially potentially causing your device to explode.
If that happens, turn the power off, and wait for the indicator light to change to red.
If the battery doesn’t change, turn off the power and check your power meter for any negative charge.
If it doesn’t, the battery should have a charge of 1.3 to 2.3 volts.
If not, replace the battery and wait a few days.
Always wear a protective mask when working outdoors If you’re outdoors and you’re exposed to UV rays, you might want to wear a face mask.
But if you’re working indoors, don’t wear the mask.
The UV rays are dangerous and will kill you, and you can die from UV-related illnesses.
If UV rays hit your skin, your skin will burn, and your skin cells can’t produce enough melanin to protect you from sunburn and other skin damage.
Your mask can help you protect your skin from the sun, and it will protect you against UV-induced diseases, too.
If there are UV rays in the air, wear a mask.
Use sunscreen When you wear sunscreen, you’ll be protecting your skin against UV rays that are coming from the Earth.
This helps protect your eyes and your DNA from damaging UV rays.
Sunscreen also can help protect your lungs, bones, and skin from damage caused by UV rays and the sun.
Make a point to apply sunscreen in the morning and afternoon, and when you get outside.
But make sure you use it properly.
Always wash your hands Before you go to the bathroom, wash your face, hands, and face with soap and water.
You can do this at home or at the laundromat, but it’s best to do it outside.
Wear gloves and use a cloth towel to clean your hands before you wash them.
Avoid touching your face with a razor blade or any sharp object When you touch your face to your hair, make it a point not to touch your skin with a sharp object.
That way, the razor won’t cut your skin.
Wear sunscreen and wear protective eyewear when you do touch your hands.
Avoid playing with small children This can be especially important for children who have small, delicate parts of their bodies.
Avoid direct contact with your child’s skin and don’t put them in the sun when they’re not wearing sunscreen.
Use eye protection when outdoors It’s important to wear eye protection for when you are outside, but you should also wear protective goggles.
Wear a pair of protective eyeglasses when you walk, run, or go for a walk.
Use a UV shield When you have a UV-absorbing sunscreen, make a point of getting it with you when you go outside.
You don’t want your UV-shield to catch on your clothing, and if you get it on your clothes, it could expose you to UV-caused diseases.
If all else fails, your sunglasses and goggles could be vulnerable.
Protect your skin by washing your hands with soap, water, and antibacterial soap A good sunscreen will not only protect your clothes from the UV rays but also your skin as well.
If a sunscreen has an active ingredient that protects your skin and is safe to use, you can safely use it on skin-covered clothing.
But some of the ingredients in sunscreen don’t always protect your clothing.
That’s why it’s important that you use sunscreen at the time of application, and to wash your clothes with soap after each use.
Avoid swimming if you have an infection if you can.
If symptoms of an infection occur when you use sun protection, you should consult your health care provider and seek immediate medical attention.
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