July 27, 2017

Stay Safe this Summer

Heartland Health Centers Summer Safety

Summer is a great time for you to enjoy various indoor and outdoor activities. Here are a couple tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy while enjoying summer fun.

Water Safety

  • Never swim alone.
  • Always supervise your children when in or around water.
  • Never go in the water unless you know how to swim; swim lessons are available for all ages.
  • Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life.

Sun Safety

  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your family go outside.
  • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours.
  • Stay cool with cool showers or baths.

Bike Safety

  • Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.
  • Never hitch onto or ride in between cars.
  • Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes.
  • A horn or bell and a rear-view mirror, as well as a bright headlight, also is recommended.
  • Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections.

Playground Safety

  • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained.
  • Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment.
  • Make sure your children wear appropriate clothing.

Bug Safety

  • Use an effective insect repellent while playing outdoors.
  • Make your backyard a tick-safe zone.
  • Check yourself and your children for ticks. Ticks are easy to remove.