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5 Simple Ways to Avoid Summer Injuries

Summer’s higher temperatures and long, sunny days mean more time outside and for most of us, a more active lifestyle. Unfortunately, summer fun can also bring a higher risk for injuries.

Stay safe with these simple ways to avoid some of summer’s most common injuries.

Just add water.

Dehydration can come on quickly in high temperatures, so drink plenty of water throughout the day, starting before you go outside. You should also know the signs of dehydration – dry mouth, fatigue, muscle cramps and dizziness. If you experience any symptoms, drink clear fluids or sports drinks such as Gatorade. Avoid soda and try to get out of the heat.

Get in gear.

Avoid summer injuries by wearing the proper gear for your favorite summer activity. If swimming in a lake, consider wearing aqua shoes to protect your feet from rough bottoms. Wear a helmet when riding bikes, ATVs or motorcycles. And speaking of motorcycles, wear protective clothing as well. You shouldn’t be in shorts and flip-flops when riding a motorcycle. And remember, everyone on the boat should not only have a life vest available, but should be wearing it in case of accidents.

Take the sting out.

Bug bites and stings are extremely common during the summer months. To avoid getting stung, don’t use perfume or colognes when outdoors. Use repellent during the times of day when mosquitoes and other biting insects are heaviest, such as early evening, and pay attention to labels to see which types are safe for children. Don’t walk barefoot through grass. And, if you are allergic to bees or other insects, always bring your EpiPen or other medication and let others know that you’re allergic.

Swim safe.

Water is such a big part of summer fun, but swimming and diving accidents should always be a consideration. Two of the most important rules are to never leave children unattended around water, whether it’s a large lake or small backyard kiddie pool. The second is always enter unfamiliar water feet first. Diving into shallow water can cause major injuries. For a list of more water safety tips, visit our June blog.

Screen yourself.

Whether you’re golfing, swimming, gardening or any other summer activity, make sunscreen a priority to avoid summer injuries. Sunburns can not only be painful, but deep burns can also lead to increased risk of skin cancer later. Even if you think you’ll only be out in the sun for a limited time or if it’s cloudy, you still need to protect your skin. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to avoid burn and reapply throughout the day – especially if you’re in and out of the water.

Make the most of the summer by following these tips to stay safe. If injuries do occur, call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care facility.

*Reviewed by: Lynn Faur, MD, Cameron Urgent Care / Occupational Health

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