This summer we have wholeheartedly welcomed the warm days of summer, and we’re ready to get out there! In our haste to enjoy vacations, trips to the beach, and just being outside in the parks and backyard, don’t forget about your summer health and safety guide to protect you and your family.
Don’t Let The Heat Bring You Down
Take special care of seniors, the very young, animals, and anyone you love by knowing the signs of heat stroke. Check on those who live without air conditioning. Over 600 people a year die from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. NEVER leave a child or an animal in a car.
Know the signs — confusion, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, rapid heart rate are all signs of heat exhaustion. Call 911 if you or a loved one show signs or heat stroke.
Stay hydrated through the day and stay in the shade whenever possible.
Practice Food Safety
We love to eat outdoors and have picnics in the warm weather, but food can spoil if it sits in the heat too long. Food poisoning peaks in the summertime.
Buy your raw meats last at the grocery store, keep them separated in different bags, and keep food chilled before grilling it.
Avoid cross contamination by using different utensils and plates for uncooked and cooked meats. There is nothing worse than a get together that leaves everyone sick that night.
Keep Everyone Safe From Insects and Creepy Crawlies
There are safe repellents you can use on exposed skin to keep biting critters from feasting on you and others. Here is a list of FDA approved repellents.
Utilize Proper Protection
Everyone should use seat belts and stay buckled up. Be sure children have helmets and other protection for any activity that could result in a head injury.
Stay Safe In The Water
If you are boating, be sure everyone is wearing a life jacket. Don’t drink and drive a boat. Be courteous on the water.
Enjoy Summer Holidays
Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day are times for celebration, but be cautious:
- Never let children handle fireworks
- Older children must be supervised
- Never use fireworks while impaired with alcohol or drugs
- Never light them indoors
- Use protective eyewear
- Soak unused and spent fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
You and your family can enjoy all summer has to offer without a trip to the emergency room by following this summer health and safety guide.