How to Avoid Summer Injuries

lawnmowerDid you know that emergency room visits jump 20 percent every summer? Almost half of the unintentional deaths from children under the age of 14 occur during the 3 months of summer. As a single mom that worked full-time, I was always worried about keeping my girls safe while they had time off in the summer months.  

Here are some of the common summer injuries and how you can prevent them:

  1. Children often fall out of windows during the summer months. Screens are meant to pop out for fire safety and are not meant to keep children inside. Always supervise your children around windows and keep windows closed upstairs.
  2. People often get burned in the summer months from fire pits that burn very hot. Make sure everyone treats the fire pit like any camp fire. Remember the fire pit remains hot long after the fire is out.
  3. Lawn mowers often cause a variety of injuries in the summer. Make sure to wear tight-fitting shoes and do not operate the lawn mower after dusk when it is difficult to see.
  4. Swimming often causes a variety of summer injuries especially when the water is cold and moving swiftly. Every swimmer should know their limits. It is best for children to swim only where there is a lifeguard on duty.
  5. Boaters should exercise boat safety. Wear life jackets and observe all the proper boating rules.
  6. When driving, make sure everyone wears their seat belt and children are in the appropriate car seats.  
  7. Young drivers are especially at risk in the summer. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for U.S. teens. Make sure that young drivers practice a lot with an adult. Also, all young drivers should avoid having passengers which may distract them.

What are you doing to prevent summer injuries for you and your family? I’d love to hear from you!

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6 Things to Do to Keep Healthy this July 4th

Four Wooden Rocking Chairs And The American FlagToday we celebrate Independence Day. As we gather with friends and family, I want to wish everyone a wonderful Fourth of July and a safe holiday.

Enjoy the outdoor barbecues, bonfires, and fireworks, but make sure to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by celebrating responsibly. Taking a few simple precautions can help avoid a hospital visit:

  1. Be cautious when driving. Fatal accidents and DUIs spike over holiday weekends.
  2. Take care when using fireworks and sparklers. Review my previous post on avoiding firework-related injuries.
  3. Stay sober, wear a life jacket, and make sure kids are supervised when swimming or boating.
  4. Stay hydrated and find some shade. Dehydration and sunstroke are a serious risk during the summer months.
  5. SPF is your friend. While a tan may be appealing, prolonged sun exposure can lead to serious burns and increase your risk for melanoma. When applied regularly, sunscreen can help.
  6. Keep kids at a safe distance from fire pits.

What you are doing this holiday weekend to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe? I’d love to hear from you!

Stay healthy and enjoy the holiday!

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How to Avoid Firework Injuries this July 4th

Father And Daughter Looking Fireworks In The Evening SkyDid you know that more than 8,700 people were burned or injured from fireworks over the July 4th holiday last year?

Firework injuries are serious and can cause blindness, third-degree burns, and permanent scarring.

Since you probably don’t want to be one of the statistics, follow these rules to stay safe.

1. Don’t play with fireworks.
The best way to avoid getting injured is not to play with fireworks. There are many public firework displays that you can enjoy. Leave it to the professionals.

2. Don’t even play with firecrackers or other “small” fireworks.
Firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets cause the most injuries. In fact, sparklers can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees and account for most firework-related burns. Just because it’s small, doesn’t mean it’s safe.

3. Never let children near fireworks.
If you decide against rules 1 and 2, keep children (and pets!) away from fireworks. Keep a water hose nearby in case of fire.

Take fireworks seriously.  Enjoy the July 4th holiday, but remember safety first.

Does your family buy fireworks this July 4th? What safety precautions will you take? I’d love to hear from you!

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