Summer is the time when we can once again enjoy the activities we love outdoors. Unfortunately, it is also the season that doctors see the most patients due to injuries and accidents. Whether it be boating, motorcycles, or backyard barbecues, safety and prevention techniques are critical to staying safe.
How to Stay Safe on the Road
The most important rule when driving is to avoid or limit alcohol consumption. As summer is a time for more gatherings with friends and family, alcohol is often offered and consumed. Always have a designated driver, so you get home safe and protect other drivers on the road.
Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet and full protective gear. You can not prevent all injuries, but your chances of survival increase significantly when the head is protected. This is not just true for motorcyclists but bicyclists as well. Simply put, helmets save lives.
How to Stay Safe in the Water
Unfortunately, with more trips to the pool and beaches, the risk of drownings increases in the summer. You should always wear life jackets when out on the boat or while participating in activities such as paddle boarding.
Children must be continually supervised when around water. To prevent young children from having access to backyard pools, you should put fencing around the parameters of the pool. It’s always a good idea to have children participate in swim lessons to learn how to be strong swimmers, increasing safety in the water.
How You Can Stay Safe From Burns?
Fireworks are a leading cause of burns. The heat and explosive properties of fireworks lead to severe burns in thousands of patients yearly. The best plan is to avoid fireworks and to be an observer. That said, if you do use fireworks, follow all instructions carefully.
Never let children around fireworks. Supervise them closely when using any fireworks, including sparklers, and they should be of an age where they can handle them safely.
Campfires also cause burns in the summer. Make sure children are always supervised around campfires. The same rule also applies when you are grilling. Children may place their hands on a grill, not knowing it is hot, especially at a very young age.
Of course, sunburns are extremely common in the summer. Use proper sunscreen; a higher SPF is recommended if you plan to stay in the sun longer. An SPF of 30 is recommended if you know you will be in the sun all day but must be reapplied frequently.
Even if you are not going to be in the sun for an extended period, it is important to wear sunscreen daily. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of 15 or higher.
How to Prevent Dehydration
Overheating and dehydration are the most common reasons patients seek medical care at our urgent care in Baytown. If you are outdoors, frequently drink water. Also, wearing light clothing can be helpful. Find shade if you have been in the sun too long.
If you are experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, seek medical attention immediately. These signs include:
- Rapid pulse
- Muscle or stomach cramps
- Excessive sweating
- Weakness and fatigue
- Clammy and pale skin
- Nausea or vomiting
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