Have Fun, Be Safe
Be on the look out
Probably nothing will go wrong this summer. But it’s always a good idea to be prepared for some of the more common mishaps that may occur.
Some common kinds of accidents that can happen include:
- Dehydration and heat stroke
- Water-related accidents (drowning, boating accidents, etc.)
- Trips and falls
- Bug bites, bee stings, poison ivy and other things
It’s easy for anyone to forget or overlook basic safety but with a bit of preparation you can reduce and/or prevent summertime injuries.
Hot spots, avoid them
As the weather gets warmer, the temperature in parked cars gets hotter – even with the windows rolled down and on reasonably mild days. Heat levels can rise so quickly that someone left inside can quickly go into shock or worse.
A car exposed to the sun on a 35° C day can reach 50° C within minutes. Heat stroke, which can be life threatening, occurs at 40.5° C.
Never leave anyone in a parked car.
Fun in the sun
Being out in the sun is important to health of Canadians, it’s true. Sunshine gives us vitamin D, which helps build strong bones.
However, ultra-violet (UV) rays from the sun can damage our skin. So, while you’re outdoors this summer, be sure to protect your skin.
- Always apply plenty of sunscreen before going outside
- Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30
- Minimize sun exposure
- UV rays are at their weakest – before 11 am and after 4 pm
Summer is the season for swimming and all manner of water sports.
Water safety is key for everyone. Drowning can occur in a matter of seconds. So be safe:In, on or around water:
- Stay within sight and reach of your child
- Put young children and/or weak swimmers in properly fitted lifejackets
- Always swim with a buddy
Around the pool:
- Keep a 5 ft. high fence with a self-closing, high-mounted, latching gate
- Use a solid pool cover or pool alarm
- Keep safety equipment handy
- Drain wading pools after use
- Learn First Aid and CPR
- Keep emergency phone numbers handy
Things that go jump!
Trampolines are a great way to be physically active, especially during the summer months.
However, there are about 50 trampoline-related injuries a year in Canada. Therefore safety precautions need to be put in place before anyone springs in to action.Key rules for trampoline safety:
- One person at a time
- No flips or somersaults
- Don’t jump onto or off of the trampoline
- No children under age 6
- No ladders
- Trampoline should have shock-absorbing pads and enclosure netting
- Trampoline should be at ground level
Finally, make sure an adult is always around to supervise.
Bugs bite, bees sting
For many the return of warmer weather brings the opportunity to get closer to nature. But there are some things in nature better left alone.
Like us, insects like the warmer weather, too. The problem is no one wants to be bitten by ticks or mosquitoes or stung by bees or wasps.
Your best bet is to talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart about the best insect repellant options for your family.You can also:
- Learn how to identify bugs and how to avoid them
- Wear long sleeves
Poison ivy and other things
Certain poisonous plants such as poison ivy, can give you itchy skin and a red, blistering rash.
You should learn what these plants look like and avoid them, or wear protective clothing.If you do come in contact with a poisonous plant:
- Wash your skin and fingernails in cool water RIGHT AWAY
- Wash your clothes separately in hot water
If a rash develops:
- Apply cool compresses
- Take a lukewarm oatmeal bath or soak with aluminum acetate
- Use calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream, or an oral antihistamine
Call your doctor or Walmart pharmacist if you have a fever, the rash is severe or looks infected.
Your medicine cabinet
Now that summer is on its way, it’s a good time to stock up on some of those items that may come in handy over the next few months.
- Antibiotic ointment – to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns
- Sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)
- Insect repellent
- Aloe Vera gel - to soothe sunburn and other burns
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Calamine lotion
- Oral antihistamines – for rashes and allergic reactions
- Adhesive bandages, assorted sizes
- Gauze and medical tape
- Tensor bandages
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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