#1: Heat Safe – There are many heat related injuries that can sneak up on you, the less serious ones being heat exhaustion and the most serious, even potentially fatal, being heat stroke. According to www.WebMd.com “Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system.” It’s a good idea to get familiar with the warning signs of heat injury. Prevention is the best medicine so make sure your air conditioner is in working order, avoid physical exertion in the heat, and keep yourself cool and well hydrated on sweltering summer days.
#2: Play Safe – Cycling, skateboarding, dirt biking, mountain biking, riding ATV’s and motorcycles, all enjoyable summer activities, just be sure to protect your ‘noggin! Studies have shown time and again that many head injuries are preventable with the use of a proper fitting helmet.
#3 Travel Safe – Road trips are part of summer fun. Remind everyone you love to drive sober and put their phones away. Be sure to carry extra food and water with you on a long road trip, you never know when you could run into car trouble in the middle of a hot deserted area with no cell service.
#4: Swim Safe – Who doesn’t love to swim? But according to www.Cdc.gov “Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years, and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages.” Learning how to reduce these risks is vital. Some great tips are: learn to swim, avoid rip currants, use life jackets, avoid alcohol, heed warning flags, and use the buddy system or a lifeguard.
Summer is the best time of the year! I hope you have a fun and safe summer.