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Summer Safety Tips

 

LifeBridge Health wants everyone to have a happy, healthy and safe summer! Here are some important tips and precautions you and your family should take while outdoors and amidst extreme heat:



  1. Stay hydrated and keep cool. Those over the age of 60, children under age 2, and people with chronic and mental illness are at the highest risk for heat-related illnesses. But everyone should take steps to stay safe during the summer months. If you’re going to be outdoors in hot weather, drink plenty of water (don’t wait until you’re thirsty) and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Never leave children or pets in hot cars. Here are more tips for beating extreme heat.
  2. Use sunscreen. Too much exposure to the sun can put you at risk for skin damage and even skin cancer. Although you shouldn’t rely solely on sunscreen, it helps. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Here’s more on the use of sunscreen products.
  3. Stay healthy and safe in the water. Parents, it’s important to protect your kids from injury and infections while they’re in the pool. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you shouldn’t swim if you have diarrhea, as just one diarrheal incident in the water can release millions of germs such as Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium), which can survive in chlorinated water for days.

    Don’t swallow any pool water and make sure the kids know not to swallow any either. Taking showers before you go swimming can help get rid the body of germs. And if you have to check or change diapers, do so away from the pool area to further prevent the spread of germs. Additional tips on water safety can be found here. Also, find out more about drowning prevention.

  4. Watch out for mosquito, flea and tick bites! Incidents of illness from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise and prevalent in the summer. When outdoors or in grassy, brushy or wooded areas, use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent. You should also consider using permethrin-treated clothing and gear, as well as check pets for ticks and fleas. Know more about fleas, mites chiggers and ticks and Lyme disease, including where on the body to look for ticks.
  5. Know CPR and First Aid protocols. If you know CPR, you can help save a life. Learn more about CPR and where to get training. These First Aid tips also may come in handy.