Whether protecting your children from the sun at the pool, hanging out by the bonfire or grilling out at a family barbecue, there are a number of ways injuries can happen.
Are you or a loved one suffering from symptoms of the following?:
- Bug bites
- Skin rashes from poison ivy, poison sumac, etc.
- Minor burns from grills or campfires
- Minor scrapes or cuts
If so, be sure to visit your local family doctors at CareNow® for fast diagnosis and treatment so you can get back to enjoying your summer!
Did you know drowning is the 5th leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States? Knowing these summer safety tips when hanging by the pool or spending time at the lake on a hot day could save a life.
- Always have supervision when in the water.
- Ensure everyone wears a lifejacket when boating or at the lake.
- Never run near the pool.
- Install fences or barriers around pools and place safety covers on hot tubs when not in use to prevent small children from wandering into the water.
- Have young swimmers wear a lifejacket or flotation devices.
- Learning CPR can save the ones you love in an emergency situation.
Drowning has serious health consequences such as brain damage and even death. Since you must act quickly to increase the chances of success and survival, ensure everyone in your household knows how to respond to drowning emergencies.
Encourage your children to learn proper first aid and safety procedures, or sign up for a CPR class as a family.
Fires And Fireworks
On average, 200 people go to the ER every day with firework-related injuries in the month around Independence Day.
Since summer creates many opportunities for burns with fireworks, grilling and bonfires, here are a few things to help keep you safe
- Whenever you’re grilling, never leave the grill unattended, keep children and pets away and only use your grill outdoors.
- Keep a first aid kit handy in case you have to treat burns.
- Make sure to keep a safe distance between yourself and a bonfire.
- If you create your own firework show for the fourth of July, it’s important to obey all local laws, wear safety glasses and read all labels thoroughly before igniting.
On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns. Between beach vacations and lazy days at the pool, it can be easy to spend hours and hours outside without even realizing it.
To prevent sunburns make sure you know these summer safety tips:
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re sweating or swimming.
- Stay in the shade whenever possible.
- Wear a hat.
- Keep in mind that 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is when UV rays are most intense.
Dehydration is when your body loses too much fluid. While this is a fairly common problem, it can also be life-threatening. Not drinking enough fluids or losing large amounts of fluid through diarrhea, vomiting, sweating or exercise can cause dizziness, nausea and feeling faint.
Usually your body can reabsorb fluid from your blood and other body tissues, although by the time you become severely dehydrated, you no longer have enough fluid in your body to get blood to your organs.
This causes the body to go into shock, which requires immediate medical attention.
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you are active.
- A trick to keeping children hydrated is suggesting they suck on ice pops while out in the sun.
- Avoid alcohol, including beer and wine.
- Do not take salt tablets. Most people get plenty of salt in their diets. Use a sports drink if you are worried about replacing minerals lost through sweating.
Cruise Safety Tips
Summer is a very popular time of the year for families to set sail on a cruise. To make sure you have a wonderful and healthy time while aboard the ship, there are a handful of tips you should follow.
A good chunk of cruisers experience the effects of motion sickness while aboard the ship. There are several, over-the-counter solutions to prevent this from ruining your fun time at sea.
- Know What You're Eating
Before trying new foods on a cruise, make sure you are informed of any personal food allergies or reactions. Don’t risk it. Ask for food accommodation if necessary.
- Check The Cruise Ship's Sanitation Score Before Booking
Just like in school, cruise ships have report cards that provide valuable information regarding the health and sanitation of the ship. So before choosing your cruise ship for your next vacation, take a second to look over its report card, as it is available to the public.
- Wash Your Hands Often
When sharing an area with thousands of other passengers, it’s easy to be exposed to respiratory illnesses. Prevent the spread of diseases by frequently washing your hands and receiving a flu shot prior to the cruise.
Petting Zoo Safety
Petting zoos are a great way for children and adults to learn more about the animal world, but live animal safety is imperative for preventing illness after coming face-to-face with animals.
Here are some tips for live animal safety that will keep your experience at an animal exhibit untainted by sickness:
Wash Your Hands
- After spending time petting an animal, wash your hands as soon as possible. Even if your time is in an enclosure without touching the animals, it’s best to still wash up
- Avoid touching your face or eating food until you have washed your hands. Remember to also wash your hands after going to the bathroom and after removing soiled shoes or clothing.
- Use warm running water and soap whenever possible. Hand sanitizers are the next best thing, but as soon as a bathroom is available, go ahead and wash with soap and water.
Keep Food Away from Animals
- For live animal safety, don’t take food or drinks into animal areas.
- Only prepare, serve and eat food in areas where animals are not allowed (except service animals, of course).
- Never share your food with animals.
Remember These Final Tips
- Make sure young children have adult supervision while in animal enclosures to ensure live animal safety.
- Don’t allow your child to put their thumb or fingers in their mouth while interacting with animals. They also shouldn’t have a pacifier for fear of dropping it and placing it back in their mouth.
- Keep strollers, bottles, pacifiers and toys out of animal areas to prevent contamination.
- Supervise children when they wash their hands after animal interaction.
Key Safety Measures To Remember
By knowing how to prevent injuries before they happen, you can keep smiles wide through the heat.
Here are the main takeaways to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe this summer:
- Be prepared to prevent and treat bug bites of all kinds.
- Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but insect repellent should be reapplied every seven hours.
- Do not allow children to play barefoot on the playground.
- Check to make sure the surfaces under playground equipment is safe, soft and well-maintained.
- Make sure kids and teens wear the right protective equipment for their sport or recreational activity.
If you or a loved one is experiencing painful symptoms from bites caused by mosquitoes, bees, ants or other bugs, consider visiting CareNow® for proper treatment to help you feel better fast.
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