With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend kicking off the unofficial start to summer, public health officials are preparing to address several of the challenges posed by warmer weather.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency have declared the Friday before Memorial Day, “Don’t Fry Day.” Aimed at increasing awareness about sun safety, the campaign encourages people to use sunscreen and engage in other behaviors to protect themselves from the dangers of sun exposure.

Next week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association will observe National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Running from May 27 through June 2, the organizations hope to help people get ready for the Atlantic hurricane season.

Similarly, APHA’s Get Ready blog has launched a new series called Summer Safe to increase the public’s awareness about health dangers during the summer months. The ongoing series will focus on issues such as heat safety, insect-borne illnesses and preparing for severe summer weather.

“The summer months present a whole host of unique public health challenges: Heat, severe weather, summer travel and increased activities out-of-doors,” said Michelle Holshue, RN, who created the Summer Safe series. “By featuring these topics, we hope to bring attention to the importance of preparing so that people stay safe and healthy. That’s our message: Stay safe so that you can have fun this summer.”