Since June is National Safety Month which focuses on “Keeping Each Other Safe” by reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities, I thought I’d list some areas for keeping us safe in the summer.
The National Safety Council offers the following tips (click on each underlined word to find out more):
- Beat the Heat - Anybody can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Follow these summer safety tips, like taking extra breaks and drinking lots of water.
- Bug Safety - Mosquitoes can cause a number of illnesses, including Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. Learn what you can do to protect yourself at work and play.
- Playgrounds - Emergency departments see more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related traumatic brain injury each year.
- Fireworks - Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, fireworks displays – and plenty of visits to emergency rooms, especially during July.
- Water Safety- Not including boating incidents, on average about nine people die from drowning every day. The younger the child, the greater the risk.
- Bicycling - Bicyclists must take extra precautions when they ride. They often share the road with vehicles, but injuries can happen even on a bike path.
- Skateboarding - Everyone falls, but there's a right way to do it. In 2015, 125,145 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured skateboarding.
- Boating - Most boating experiences are positive. But joyful times quickly can turn deadly if boaters are not vigilant about safety – at all times.
- Pedestrian Safety - Cell phone distracted walking is a huge problem, and rarely are we more vulnerable than when walking, crossing streets and negotiating traffic.
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
- Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
- Check your skin regularly for changes. For more information on sun protection, go to the Skin Cancer Foundation.