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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 65, children under age 2, and people with chronic diseases and mental illness are at the highest risk for heat-related illness. But everyone should take steps to stay cool and safe in hot weather. If you’re going to be outdoors (it's recommended that you stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are at their highest level 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 and don't rely on a fan to keep cool in extreme heat. Never leave children or pets in hot cars. Seek medical care immediately if you or someone else has symptoms of heat-related illness (heavy sweating, dizziness, nausea, confusion, headache, muscle cramps or pain, tiredness/weakness, fainting, etc.).
  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. Before you head outside, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, even on cloudy and cool days. Get someone to help you apply sunscreen to hard-to-reach places like your back. Keep in mind that sunscreen does wear off; apply more (as directed on the package) if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours as well as after swimming, sweating and drying off with a towel. Also, check your sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date usually is no good after three years, and its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures. If it looks, smells or feels funny, get rid of it.
  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. You should also refrain from peeing in the water. 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. Drowning prevention is also very important. You can help prevent drowning by learning swimming skills, wearing life vests, and swimming under the close supervision of someone who knows cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  4. Watch out for mosquito, flea and tick bites! Incidents of illness from mosquito, tick and flea bites are 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. If you will also be using sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first and insect repellent second. Do not use insect repellents on babies younger than 2 months old, and do not apply repellent to children’s hands, eyes, mouths, cuts or irritated skin.
  5. Learn CPR and First Aid protocols.