Nurse Note: How To Be Safe When School Is Out For Summer

  1. Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe this summer is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Do not go near water if you are not able to swim. Life Vests are simple way to prevent deaths of drowning. Vests save Lives!
  2. Protect Yourself from the Sun! Wear sunscreen at all times. The sun emits harmful ultraviolent rays. To prevent skin damage, or skin cancer where sunscreen with SPF of 30. Wear sun hats to cover those extra exposed areas of the face. A TIP is to wear SPF lip protection, such as SPF chapstick. Lips are a common skin cancer location. DON’T FORGET YOUR EYES! UV RAYS CAN CAUSE EYE DAMAGE, ULTRAVIOLENT LENSES FOR YOUR SUNGLASSES ARE ESSENTIAL.  Protection is KEY!
  3. WATER WATER WATER! Don’t leave the house without bringing a bottle of water with you. In warm temperatures our body’s need extra water. Thirst and dry mouth are early signs of dehydration.
  4. BUG PROTECTIONS: Mosquitos, ticks, and bees are very common for this area this time of the year, with the potential of carrying harmful disease. Before outside activities apply bug repellant AVOID HIHG AMOUNS OF THE INGREDIENT DEET-this is a toxic chemical. If playing in wooden or high grass areas, where socks, and layer clothing, long pants and sleeves especially at night. This provides a defense in case you encounter these pests.  West Nile Virus- can develop from Mosquito Bites, and Lyme’s disease from ticks.
  5. Protect your Brain-Wear A HELMET! When rollerblading, biking ALWAYS wear your helmet! This can be an EASY thing to prevent brain injury if you’re involved in any accidents.
  6. KEEP Cold food cold and Hot food Hot! Food borne illnesses increase in the summer because bacteria grow faster in warmer temperatures and humidity. More people are eating and preparing food outdoors, at picnics and barbecues, where refrigeration and places to wash hands are not readily available. Foods are considered contaminated when left un-refrigerated for more than 2 hours.  For More Tips: Visit the American Red Cross.org & http://life.familyeducation.com