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Summer Injury Prevention and Treatment

Summer is a time when you get the chance to go outside with your friends and family and have fun. The beach, camping, grilling, and fireworks are just the beginning of the fun! Unfortunately, many of these fun summer activities cause many injuries each year. Follow these tips to avoid and treat injury during your outdoor summer fun.

Beach Safety

The beach has multiple dangers. The first, and most obvious, is the water. Drowning causes a high number of deaths each year, especially in young children. Do not leave a child unattended at the beach to ensure they are always. Don’t let them enter the water alone, even if they’re a more experienced swimmer. If your child is swimming in the water with you, they should have a life preserver on at all times. The second biggest danger at the beach is the sun. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every 2 hours. It will need to be reapplied more frequently if you’re getting in and out of the water. Sunburn can occur even on cloudy and overcast days.

Firework Safety

Fireworks are the safest when they’re left to the professionals. If you insist on setting them off yourself, make sure they’re never in your hand when you light them. If a firework doesn’t go off, don’t try to light it again.

Camping Safety

Camping comes with a variety of potential dangers. Bugs, especially mosquitoes and ticks, pose one of the most significant risks. Use a bug repellent to keep mosquitoes at bay. You should regularly check yourself for ticks throughout the camping trip and check all of your camping gear when you return home. Tick repellent can be purchased to spray all of your shoes and camping gear.

Grilling Safety

Grilling should be done on a grill when possible, if you’re grilling over the fire, be sure to use the appropriate equipment. Check the internal temperature of all grilled food to make sure it’s safe for consumption. Stick to fire starters like propane that don’t make the food unsafe to eat. Above all else, never leave children unattended in the summer. Stay hydrated and cool as much as you can. It’s tempting to spend all day every day out in the sun, but heat stroke and dehydration will happen quicker than you think! Set aside a substantial amount of time for each activity you have planned, amidst time built in to break and cool off.