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Remember to Play Safely This Summer

06-20-2014

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.

Water Safety

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 life jacket.

Sun Protection

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.

Insect Protection

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.

Fireworks Safety

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.