Summer Safety Reminders
As we welcome summer beach, pool and lake season this weekend, please take these steps to make it a memorable and enjoyable season.
Wear sunscreen every time you go outside. The AAFP recommends a minimum SPF of 15, though 30 is better. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors and rub it in completely. Reapply at least every 30 minutes. This will help you prevent sunburn or the effects of sun exposure on your long term health.
Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. Sun exposure is harmful to your eyes and the sensitive skin on your face. Protect your vision with UV rated sunglasses. The damage done by sun exposure may not show up for several years, but it can be prevented with proper protection today.
Hydrate. Drink water throughout the day to hydrate your body from the inside out. A good rule of thumb for average activity would be to double the intake of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages when outside. If participating in strenuous activity such as running, heavy yard work or sports, drink more.
Be vigilant at the water. When people are in the water, supervise carefully. Most drownings occur with someone in visual distance. Drowning doesn’t look like the crazed panic you see on TV, but is a quiet panic. To learn more about the signs of drowning read this article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/196538.php.
Always wear seat belts! It’s tempting on trips or with tired kids to let them sleep comfortably, but to be safe, always buckle up.
If any member of your family has allergies, asthma or other chronic disease, carry the appropriate medications and remedies everywhere you go. That epi-pen can’t help when a bee stings if it’s at home in the medicine cabinet.
A little safety goes a long way toward a happy, healthy summer. Be safe!