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Summer Safety - Tips to Staying Safe and Healthy this Summer
It's summertime, and that means it's time to go outside and enjoy the weather.
The return of warmer temperatures brings thoughts of freedom, relaxation, exploration and being closer to nature. Whether you're relaxing in the backyard, turning up your garden, enjoying the pool or exploring the great outdoors, here are some ways to help keep you and your family healthy this spring and summer.
Sun Safety: The Key to Skin Cancer Prevention
Most skin cancers can be prevented if children and teens (and adults, too) are protected from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don't have to be at the beach to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun's harmful UV rays whenever they're outdoors.
To protect yourself and your family—
The UV rays from tanning beds and sunlamps are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun. Don't let your children or teens use them. Many states restrict the use of tanning beds by children and teens.
The most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma begins in a type of skin cell called a melanocyte. Click here to read more…http://cancerresearch.org/resources/conquering-melanoma.html
Summer at its best involves swimming and other water-related activities. Swimming is the third most popular recreational activity in the United States and the most popular recreational activity for children.
If you've never learned to swim, now's the time to learn. And it's always a good time to learn CPR—Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation—especially if you'll be supervising others.
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Always supervise young children around water. Prevent water-related injuries and drowning by swimming with a buddy and swimming where there's a lifeguard. And always use life jackets and secure personal flotation devices—do not substitute air-filled or foam toys for safety gear.
The following tips can help people with epilepsy stay safe during recreational activities:
Around the Yard
Pollens and air pollutants can be triggers for allergic reactions andasthma. Some reactions include nasal and sinus allergies and hives. Asthma can cause symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Stay healthy by properly taking any prescription or over-the-counter allergy medicine and having and following an asthma action plan.
Air pollution poses a serious threat to our nation's health. At the American Lung Association, we work to ensure that the air you breathe is clean and safe. Learn more about how polluted air can make you sick and how we are fighting to keep our air and nation healthy. Click here to read more…http://www.lungusa.org/healthy-air/
A sandbox is a fun place for you and young children to play, but know that a cat sees that sandbox as a litterbox. So, keep the sandbox covered to protect young children fromtoxoplasmosis, a parasite that people can get from contaminated cat feces (stool).
Don’t forget to stay cool and well-hydrated. Enjoy the great outdoors, and have a safe and healthy summer!
Beware of Bugs
Warmer temperatures aren't just attractive to people. Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other insects thrive in warmer weather, and they can transmit West Nile virus, Lyme disease and other illnesses. Using an appropriateinsect repellent and applying it properly allows you to continue to play and work outdoors with a reduced risk of mosquito and tick bites. To protect yourself from tick bites, avoid tick-infested areas and use repellent containing DEET. After you have been outside, check your body, your clothing, your children and your pets for ticks. Consult your healthcare provider if you become ill in the 1-3 weeks following a bite.
Summertime Food Safety
Nothing says summer like picnics, grilling and eating outdoors. To help prevent food poisoning, be sure to follow fourfood safety steps: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. When grilling, always use a meat thermometer to ensure that meats reach the minimum internal cooking temperature. Also, put cooked meat on a clean platter, rather than back on the one that held the raw meat, to avoid cross-contamination. Always wash your hands after handling raw foods of animal origin.
Don't let food sit out for more than two hours. On a hot day (90°F or higher), reduce this time to one hour. Be sure to put perishable items in a cooler or insulated bag.
Firecrackers and sparklers, lots of BBQ and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs are some of the ways we celebrate the holidays. Cautions about fireworks are always important, especially around celebrations and cookouts when most fireworks injuries occur. Many communities have fireworks displays that are handled by professionals. Avoid common fireworks injuries and leave all fireworks to the professionals.
Fireworks Pose Dangerous Risks, Especially to Children. Click here to read more…
Fireworks are often a part of special times like the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. But fireworks can be dangerous. In 2008, an estimated 7,000 people—an average of more than 19 people every day—were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from fireworks, and more than half of those injured were children. Whenever you celebrate, learn how to protect yourself and those you care about from fireworks–related injuries.
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First Aid for Burns
Remove the burned area from the heat source.
Immediately flood the burned area with COOL water for 15-20 minutes. Do not put ice, butter, lotions or any other substances on the burn.
For burn injuries that are serious or cover a large area of skin, call 911 for help.
Outdoor jobs expose workers to heat stress and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, poisonous plants and creatures, and pest-borne diseases. Appropriate training and adequate protection can go a long way toward keeping workers safe outside.
Each change of season brings its own challenges for outdoor workers. Here are seven suggestions to help you stay a bit safer as you work.
S.A.F.E.T.Y Tips at Work
Since the tragedy of September 11th, many Americans have been involved in practicing evacuation drills as corporations, government agencies and other buildings update current emergency procedures. Easter Seals encourages people with all abilities to consider these s.a.f.e.t.y first tips when preparing for an evacuation:
Start preparing an evacuation plan now. If you have a disability, identify yourself to building managers and help devise an effective emergency procedure. People of all abilities must be equally prepared for an emergency evacuation. It is critical that everyone works together.
Ask family, friends and co-workers with disabilities — including those with vision, hearing and mobility issues — about their personal evacuation concerns and needs. Keep in mind that the needs of pregnant women, older adults and people with injuries or illnesses are often similar to specific needs of people with disabilities.
Find "buddies." These can be co-workers or friends with whom you plan and practice. Buddies find you in an emergency and can provide planned assistance in the event of an emergency or evacuation.
Evaluate the area. Pre-determine and practice your evacuation route with your buddies, who also know how to operate any special equipment needed to evacuate someone safely.
Test smoke detectors, public announcement systems, fire extinguishers, flashlights, etc. to assure proper function when needed. Make sure alternate alert systems are available for individuals with special needs, especially for people with vision and hearing disabilities.
You can help Easter Seals by making this important issue top-of-mind in your community — talking to business leaders, building management, government officials, police and fire departments.
Across the country, safety and evacuation procedures are more important than ever, especially for 54 million Americans living with disabilities. Most existing evacuation procedures do not really address the specific needs of people with disabilities
With more than 85 years of experience helping people with disabilities gain greater independence and 50 years as a leader in creating architecturally accessible environments, Easter Seals is uniquely positioned to address the safety concerns of Americans with disabilities and bring about positive change in our communities.
To learn more, please visit www.easterseals.org.
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