Summer is time for family fun but take care. Reading “Healthy Generations Magazine” from Garden City Hospital. I was reminded of a few things to keep in mind when you’re out and about this summer.
Automobile crashes are the number one cause of fatalities and with more people on the roads from June to August remember to:
- always wear your seat belt (and make sure your kids are too!)
- drive defensively
- never drive if you are sleepy or have had alcohol.
Other things to be aware of:
- Although it may not be cool to wear a helmet, but since 85% of all bicycle fatalities are from head injuries, be a good role model and wear a bike helmet.
- Be sure to drink lots of water to avoid dehydration and make sure your kids do too! They aren’t as likely to stop playing because of thirst.
- Be sure to apply sun screen every day.
- Swimming is a great activity but since it is the second cause of fatalities keep your kids safe. Here are their recommendations:
- An adult should be within “touch” of young children in or near water
- Have your children take swimming lessons.
- Know how to give CPR
- Don’t let kids use “water wings”, inner tubes or foam toys instead of life jackets.
- Bug bites can be annoying and itchy. Get medical attention if there is chills, fevers or muscle aches because the site may be infected. Help your kids to:
- avoid buggy situations
- use good buy repellent
- wear long pants and sleeves
- Firew0rks are a great way to celebrate but going to the ER for a firework related injury is not. An average of 10,000 people each year go to their local ER for some serious firework accident. Some states (like Michigan) anyone can purchase fireworks yet unless you have a permit, you can’t light them. Crazy law! So if you plan on having fireworks this summer, be sure to keep kids at a safe distance and become familiar with what each firework does.
Have a safe summer!