The Fourth of July weekend is here, and many are only thinking of festive gatherings with family and friends not their safety. So here are some things to keep in mind this summer!
WATER AND SWIMMING SAFETY – Weather at the beach, on the lake or at the pool, use safety precautions.
- Supervise young children around the water.
- Always use life jackets and secure personal flotation devices.
- Avoid alcohol while supervising children and before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing.
- Shower before you enter the pool and do not swim if you are sick.
- Be aware of the local weather conditions and forecast, especially watch for thunderstorms.
- Know and obey the posted warnings about beach conditions.
- Pay attention to lifeguards and posted instructions.
- Prevent access to water when pools are not in use.
SUN AND HEAT – Protect yourself against sunburn and heat illness.
- Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside.
- Increase your intake of fluids–drink more liquids than your thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing.
- Be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms: heavy sweating,weakness,dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing.
- If present, be sure to move the person to a cooler place; remove or loosen tight clothing; apply cool wet cloths; and give cool water to drink slowly.
- Be aware of hear stroke symptoms–hot, dry skin, hallucinations, chills,throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness and slurred speech.
- If present, be sure to call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting or shows decreased level of consciousness, do not give them anything to drink.
Have a Great Summer and Be Safe!