People of all ages tend to be more active in the warmer months. With increased activity can come sprains, falls, stings, infections, and other unexpected — and sometimes immediate — health concerns. The last place you want to be on a warm summer day is waiting to be seen in an urgent care clinic or a hospital Emergency Department.
Whether you are relaxing by the pool, planting in your garden, or exploring the great outdoors, here are some ways to avoid a visit to an emergency medicine professional while staying safe during the summer months.
By the Pool
Drowning is the leading cause of death from an injury among children 1 to 4 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every day, 10 people die from drowning; two of those 10 are children under the age of 15. Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone and be sure to supervise children when they are poolside or in the pool. Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub.
In the Garden
Gardening is a great way to get fresh air, relieve stress, and maintain fitness. Stay safe and healthy as you grab your tools and head outside. Wear gloves, use safety gear when handling equipment and chemicals, use sunblock when working outside, and apply insect repellent. Drink water to stay hydrated.
At the Campsite
Camping is one of the many ways to enjoy the outdoors. A key to a safe camping trip is preparation. Planning a trip includes packing healthy snacks, water, adequate clothes, and a first-aid kit, among other steps that will vary based on your destination and activities. Ask your doctor if you are up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use fuel-burning equipment, such as gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills, inside or near a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter.
On the Field or Trail
When children are active in summer sports and recreation such as baseball, softball, bike riding or roller blading, make sure they use the right protective gear for their activity, such as helmets, wrist guards, and knee or elbow pads. Parents should communicate a positive safety message by serving as a model of safe behavior.
Enjoy your summer. For additional health and safety tips, visit www.cdc.gov