Top 10 Summer Dangers and How to avoid them!
1. Heat Stroke: Being active or spending a lot of time in the hot sun can cause your body to become overheated and lead to a serious heat stroke. Signs of one coming on are headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting or blurry vision. Make sure to stay hydrated -- drink lots of water! And take breaks if you plan to be in the hot outdoors.
2. Water accidents: Boating and even drowning accidents usually rise in mid-summer while the kids are out of school. Don’t let your children play in or near water unattended and always wear life jackets when boating or even swimming near a lake or the ocean.
3. Car accidents: No surprise that summer brings more car accidents. Don’t let your teen driver have a carefree summer attitude when it comes to their driving. Constantly go over safe driving rules with your young drivers. Limit too many passengers and unnecessary trips.
4. Sunburns: Sun burn injuries can be severe and increase the risk of skin cancer. Always be safe and wear adequate sunscreen and protective clothing when spending long periods in the sun; even hang out in the shade when at all possible.
5. Playground accidents: Of course the summer sees more playground time, so be sure that your children are always supervised and stay on the lookout for faulty equipment. So many accidents send kids to the emergency room in the summer, stay alert!
6. Bike crashes: Believe it or not bike crashes can be very severe, whether simple bicycle or a motorized one. Always wear helmets and supervise young children.
7. Bug bites: Oh the dreaded summertime bugs! Summer brings them out in force, including mosquitoes, bees, ticks and other insects that can increase chances of bites, stings, and allergic reactions. Protective clothing and insect repellent can help, be proactive!
8. Fireworks: Be sure to use extreme caution and safety when using fireworks. Thousands of people each year are injured by fireworks, mostly young kids. Be careful and responsible!
9. Food poisoning: Hot summers mean more picnics and barbeques! But beware of foodborne illnesses that can occur from improper storage of meat or poultry, and of other non-perishable foods. Use correct cooking temperatures. If there is the chance that your food could be contaminated, don’t think twice--- Toss it!
10. Pet mis-haps: In summer there is an increased risk of danger for our furry friends. Dogs and cats actually are just as likely to have bug bites, heat stroke, be hit by a car, or eat dangerous foods. So beware! Please make sure your pets have adequate water and care in the summer heat!