With the start of August, summer is officially in full swing. Today, we’d like to remind you of summer safety to keep you and your family safe all summer long.
- The sun’s UV rays can be very hazardous to skin. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends applying sunscreen thirty minutes before going out into the sun and again throughout the day, especially if you are outdoors for an extended period of time, after swimming, and after exercise. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, especially sensitive areas such as ears, shoulders, back of knees and legs. If you would like more information regarding proper sunscreen applications, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5104a3.htm
- Ticks, hornets and other insects are very prevalent during the summer months. Be sure to check for hornet and wasp nests in wooden places, under railings and on or around porches. When outside for extended periods of time, especially in wooded or grassy areas, be sure to check your body for ticks.
- Pool safety is extremely important especially with young children. The number one cause of injury-related death in children ages one to four is drowning. Protect your children, and keep your pool safe by having an enclosure around the pool with self-closing and self-latching gate. Pool gate alarms are also available. If you own a pool, you may want to learn CPR. And as always, keep eyes on young children at all times.
- Many would say that the beach is one of the most fun places to be in the summer. But there are precautions to be taken at the beach as well, including hot beach sand and rip currents. If you are unfamiliar with rip currents, educate yourself prior to going swimming in the ocean.
- Burning wood or brush in fire pits and bonfires are also much more common during the summer months. Check with your local fire department prior to burning to ensure that the appropriate safety measures are met.
Sometimes taking precautions is not enough, but taking these steps, among others to keep your family safe should minimize the risk of injury. We hope this blog entry helps you enjoy a fun and safe summer!