How to Avoid a Trip to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center this Summer

What does a perfect summer look like to you? A trip to the beach with the kids, finally having time to work out, or just spending more time with your friends and family? Summer can be some of the most fun-filled months of the year; however, no one wants to end up in the emergency room during the summer, so it is important to keep in mind these summer safety tips. As temperatures climb in these late summer months, it is even more important to protect yourself and your family.

Fun in the Sun

Whether you are out by the pool, hiking up a mountain, or having a picnic, be sure to use sunscreen on a daily basis. It is crucial to stress the importance of using sunscreen to your children, as typically, most sun damage in a person’s life occurs under the age of 18. However, damage continues to occur throughout a person’s lifetime if steps are not taken to prevent it. Using sunscreen reduces your chances, up to 50%, from the risk of melanoma skin cancer. Experts recommend using a sunscreen of SPF 15 or above, and re-apply often, especially after exercising, swimming, or participating in water sports.  In addition, wearing hats and appropriate clothing to cover sensitive areas will reduce your risk of damage to sun exposure.

Just Keep Swimming

Summertime means pool time for everyone, especially the kids! Here are a few tips to ensure your children’s safety while swimming. Make sure that lifeguards are present when you are at a community pool. If you have a pool at home, make sure children are supervised by an adult when swimming or playing near the pool. As a precaution, all children should be able to swim or enrolled in swimming lessons. For young children, installing a pool fence with a self-latching door or pool cover will help to reduce the risk of young children falling into the pool. Make sure all doggie doors have a locking feature so young children cannot climb out and into dangerous areas. Pool fences and pool covers can also protect other members of the family, such as the elderly and pets.

Keep Your Cool

The summer heat is no joke! There are several precautions you can take to prevent heat injury. If you know that you will be out in the sun for a while, wear the light-colored clothing because it reflects the sun off you compared to dark clothing. Another important factor is getting proper hydration. Sufficient water consumption is important on an average day, but especially in the hot summer months and when exercising outdoors, or being outside for an extended period of time.  You should be drinking more fluid in the hot summer months; more than you would typically drink. When outside, stay in shaded areas as much as possible. Make sure that you are in sync with your body and pay attention when something is out of the norm to ensure against heat exhaustion, dehydration, and more serious heat-related conditions. Don’t forget about your family members who need to be reminded to practice these tips such as young children, elderly family members, and pets.

Swat Team

It’s that time of year again and you are just trying to enjoy your dinner on the porch, but those mosquitos and other insects will not leave you alone. Always have insect repellant readily available when you are outdoors for an extended period of time. Wearing light-colored clothing and long sleeves/pants may protect from insect bites. Reduce areas near your home that have standing water, as mosquitos and other insects are attracted to water/moisture. Avoid perfumes and perfume scented shampoos and lotions as mosquitos are attracted to sweet scents. Remember to send insect repellant with your children to use if they are attending an outdoor summer camp. If you or a family member do get bitten, treat the area immediately. If the area becomes infected, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your family physician or urgent care center to be treated so it doesn’t turn into an emergency medical condition. Mosquitos could carry serious diseases such as West Nile virus. Learn more about when to visit an emergency room vs. an urgent care center.

Visit our website to view our emergency room locations in case you or your family members have an emergency this summer. We hope these summer safety tips have educated you and your family on how to enjoy a fun-filled summer!



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