By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist
We’re right in the thick of the sweltering summer season. This means pool parties, bicycling, margaritas, hiking, camping, boating, and, of course, the occasional injury. In fact, July is the most dangerous month, according to the Department of Labor. These injuries range from common minor injuries such as sunburns to more serious injuries like heat stroke. You spend such a large portion of your life taking care of others’ health, but don’t forget to take the time to take care of YOU, too! Here are some tips on how to avoid common summer injuries this year:
This one is easy, yet often overlooked. Use sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Up that SPF depending on how long you will spend outside and how fair your skin is. And if you’ll be taking a dip, I recommend following this wise rhyme: “Don’t be shy, reapply!”
2. Strains and Sprains
The most common injury ever! Avoid overexerting yourself and wear proper clothing and footwear for the activity you are doing.
Everyone likes fire until it gets out of control. Only start fires in fire pits that are not close to any dry brush. Keep a fire deterrent such as a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher near.
4. Lawn Mowers
Be sure whatever you are mowing is clear or any debris that could be thrown by the lawnmower blades. Make sure nothing is in the way of your mower and never mess with it unless you are sure that it is turned off.
If you are outside and active, you need to be drinking 6 ounces of water every 15 minutes. Normally women need about 2.2 liters and men need about 3 liters of water a day. If you’re outdoors and sweating (or glistening) then you need to up your water game. Remember alcohol will make you more dehydrated, so be sure you’re drinking water in between those beers!
6. Bug Bites
Unfortunately, summer means bugs are back. Avoid mosquitos and ticks by using insect repellant and covering up with breathable long-sleeved clothes. Keep an eye on any bug bites you happen to receive and if you have a “bulls-eye” bug bite, see your doctor immediately.
7. “Hold My Beer” Moments
If anyone says that phrase or any phrase like it, do not let that person do whatever it is they are planning on doing. “Hold my beer” is usually said before someone tries to ride a skateboard off a roof, launch their car over a pool, or light up 30 fireworks at the same time. While the end results can be pretty rad, the chances of someone getting injured are exceptionally high and some risks should never be taken.
Summer can be a load of fun but can also be dangerous. Be sure you’re being safe no matter what activity you’re doing and always be aware of your surroundings. Trust your gut instincts! Be safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.