Besides the things that can go wrong on a 4th of July, there are some other summer safety tips that you should keep in mind. Here are some of them:
Water safety: Swimming, boating, and fishing are fun ways to cool off and enjoy the summer, but they also come with some risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death for children aged 1 to 4 and the second leading cause for children aged 5 to 9. To prevent water-related accidents, follow these tips:
– Always supervise children around water and never leave them alone or in the care of another child.
– Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons and learn how to perform CPR.
– Wear a life jacket when boating or participating in water sports and make sure it fits properly.
– Avoid swimming in open water or unfamiliar areas and check the weather and water conditions before going out.
– Do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when you are tired or sick.
– Obey the rules and signs at pools, beaches, and lakes and respect the lifeguards.
Bug bites: Summer is also the season for mosquitoes, ticks, bees, and other insects that can bite or sting you. Some of these bugs can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, or anaphylaxis. To prevent bug bites, follow these tips:
– Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus and apply it according to the label instructions.
– Wear long sleeves, pants, socks, and shoes when outdoors and avoid wearing bright colors or floral scents that attract insects.
– Avoid areas where insects are likely to be found, such as stagnant water, tall grass, or garbage.
– Check yourself and your pets for ticks after being outdoors and remove them promptly with tweezers.
– If you are allergic to bee stings, carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you and seek medical attention immediately if you get stung.
Sunburn: Sunburn is a common but painful condition that can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn occurs when the skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds. To prevent sunburn, follow these tips:
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– Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply every two hours or more often if you sweat or swim.
– Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
– Seek shade or air-conditioning when possible and avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the UV rays are strongest.
– Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
– If you get sunburned, cool yourself down by applying aloe vera gel or cold compresses to the affected area and take over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.
These are some of the other summer safety tips that you should follow. By being aware and prepared, you can enjoy a safe and fun summer with your loved ones. Happy summer!