With summer upon us and the temperatures rising, many people will take
advantage of the warmer weather by participating in more outdoor activities.
It’s always great to be outside during the summer, but we must be
aware of some of the dangers that lurk. Dr. John Kliesch, physician at
CaroMont Urgent Care in Steele Creek, shares some tips to keep you and
your loved ones safe and healthy this summer.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children
under the age of 15. Always supervise children around water, and adults
should avoid swimming alone. If you’re planning a trip to the beach,
consult rip current warnings, and when at the lake, remember to wear a
When outdoors or in the water, make sure you wear sunscreen with an SPF
of 30 or higher to keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays. Remember
to reapply every few hours, especially if you’re in the water.
The best way to protect yourself from insect stings and bites is to use
repellents, avoid areas with high grass and brush and try to limit time
spent outdoors in the late evening. It’s also important to check
your pets for fleas and ticks.
Head Injury Prevention
Head injuries can have life-altering or life-threatening consequences.
It’s important to always wear a well-fitting helmet when playing
contact sports, and riding a horse, bike, motorcycle or ATV. A good rule
of thumb is if it has wheels, wear a helmet.
Cooking Safety Outdoors
When handling raw food, wash your hands and keep food away from items that
may have been exposed to raw food. Keep food on ice, and always marinate
food in the refrigerator. Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using
a grill for the first time each year. Preheat the grill so it’s
hot before placing raw food on grates and use a food thermometer to make
sure the temperature reaches the recommended level. If you cook with charcoal,
let the coals cool completely before disposing in a proper receptacle.
Summer Eye Safety
Wear sunglasses that have 400 UV protection or higher, especially during
long hours on the beach or in water. Overexposure to sunlight without
proper eye protection can lead to macular degeneration, cataracts and
corneal problems later in life. For additional protection, wear a hat
or visor. If you play outdoor sports, wear proper eye gear with lenses
made of polycarbonate, which can withstand high impact.
Most fireworks-related accidents could be eliminated if some basic safety
steps are taken. Some of these include: only use fireworks outdoors, wear
protective eyewear and have water available should you need it, never
allow young children to handle or play with fireworks, never relight a
“dud” firework, only handle one sparkler at a time and teach
children not to wave sparklers or run while holding them. It is also important
to read caution labels before handling fireworks.