Summer Safety Tips

Summer is usually full of fun, but it can be dangerous. During this time, emergency departments see an increase in visits related to warm-weather activities.

Luckily, many injuries are preventable and you can keep your loved ones safe.

Enjoy the Water

Start when you head to the water. Every year, thousands of people are hurt in swimming and boating accidents. To minimize the risk for you and your family:

  • Keep an eye on children at all times.
  • Don't assume a child can swim. Many kids forget when they're in a panic.
  • Have your cellphone handy in case of an emergency.
  • Watch anyone who jumps or dives into the water. People can injure their head or back.

If you're heading out on a boat, be sure to:

  • Never drink while driving a boat. Alcohol is often involved in accidents.
  • Double-check that kids wear life jackets while on board.
  • Tell someone where you're going and when you should be back.
  • Keep red flares, orange distress flags or lights on board in case of emergencies.

Stay Cool

Be mindful of the triple-digit temperatures, too. They mean a higher probability of heat-related illnesses. 

Older adults, young children and people with chronic conditions are particularly susceptible. 

However, anyone can be affected, so it's important to:

  • Stay indoors during peak heat times, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Hydrate by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day.
  • Never leave children, older adults or pets in parked cars. It can take as little as 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to reach dangerous levels.
  • Visit public places, like a mall or library, to cool off if you don't have air conditioning.

Avoid Rattlesnakes

If you're hitting the trails for some fun, be wary of another summertime danger: rattlesnakes. They're more active during this time of year. 

To lower your chances of a bite:

  • Wear long pants and boots during hikes, especially in wooded areas.
  • Stay on clear, established trails and avoid overgrown grass.
  • Run or hike with a friend and always carry a cellphone in case of an encounter.

If someone is bitten, call for help right away and note the time of the bite. Then remove all rings, watches and constrictive clothing in case of swelling, and keep the bite lower than the victim's heart.

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