School’s out, the sun is shining and the water’s cool. Summer is a time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, but it is also a time that safety needs to be a priority. Don’t let your vacation be interrupted by an emergency situation. Carolinas HealthCare System’s team of trauma surgeons offers the following tips for enjoying the summer safely.
Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher and reapply often especially when swimming. Stay out of the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and use protective clothing such as hats, swim shirts, and UV-protected sunglasses.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drink water every 20 minutes and take breaks out of the heat. Don’t operate machinery or vehicles when dehydrated and tired. Prolonged exposure outside can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk.
Inspect grills before use
Before lighting the grill, properly inspect it and only allow adults to handle propane and lighter fluid. Make sure the grill is in an open area, away from flammable material and children.
Supervise children while swimming
Always wear an appropriate personal flotation device when you are boating, kayaking or sailing. Understand your surroundings and know the swimming capabilities of you and your family members. When swimming with children, never leave them alone, even for a moment.
Wear a helmet
No matter if you are biking or riding skateboards and scooters, be sure to wear a helmet. Helmets and protective gear can help buffer against falls and accidents.
Be safe when mowing the grass
Prevent injuries by picking up objects like rocks from the lawn before mowing begins. Start and refuel mowers outdoors, not in a garage or shed. Mowers should be refueled with the motor turned off and cool.
Don’t handle fireworks
Enjoy firework shows put on by communities and professionals. Don’t allow children to handle fireworks. Sparklers can cause burns and eye injuries.
For more safety tips visit: carolinashealthcare.org/injury-tips