Summer Safety Tips
‘Tis the season for fun in the sun, beach days and outdoor activities with family and friends! Enjoying the nice weather and having fun is top of the list for the summer season, but a few things need to be kept in mind to help avoid unexpected accidents that could put a damper on the fun.
❖ HYDRATION is so important, especially if you are doing any kind of outdoor activity or working in the heat. Ensure that you are continually replenishing the fluids you are losing through sweating to avoid dehydration, which can lead to heat stroke. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks as much as possible. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke will certainly give you a chance to prevent it.
❖ PROTECTION FROM THE SUN can ensure that you don’t end up with a nasty sunburn. It is recommended that you use sunscreen, which should be re-applied multiple times per day, especially after swimming or excessive sweating. Wear a hat and light clothing that will help protect your skin. Avoid being out in the sun as much as possible during the hours of 11:00 am to 3:00 pm when the sun is at its hottest. If this is impossible, be sure to find shade and take breaks often.
❖ SWIMMING is one of the most popular activities for little and big kids alike and certainly offers a lot of enjoyment, but water safety is something that should never be taken lightly. NEVER leave children unattended, not even for a minute. Keeping a child within arm’s reach is the best rule of thumb, no matter how shallow the water may be. It is also a good idea not to swim alone, especially if you are swimming in a lake or other body of water. Be aware of the water you are in and use appropriate flotation devices to give extra protection, especially for young children and people who aren’t strong swimmers.
Summer fun means staying safe. Depending on what activities you are participating in you, keep in mind that ticks and poisonous plants such as poison ivy and oak can be cause for concern for both humans and pets. Find out more about staying safe in the summer here.
Remember to make/buy a first aid kit and have it with you. Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with situations that may arise so it is a good idea to keep a first aid kit stocked and ready. Be sure your kit includes the following:
❖ Sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to
place over wounds
❖ Adhesive tape
❖ Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place or to make an arm sling
❖ Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
❖ Safety pins
❖ Instant ice packs
❖ Disposable non-latex gloves, such as surgical or examination gloves
❖ Flashlight, with extra batteries in a separate bag
❖ Antiseptic wipes or soap
❖ Pencil and pad
❖ Emergency blanket
❖ Eye patches
❖ Barrier devices, such as a pocket mask or face shield
Now that you have a little more knowledge when it comes to summer safety, there is only one thing left to do……………GET OUT THERE AND HAVE SOME FUN!