Keep Healthy and Safe in this 100+ Degree Heat

Summer Safety Tips

Vacationing, boating, camping, swimming, words that might come to mind when thinking of summer. Visiting an emergency department is probably something no one plans on doing. However, every year, countless injuries and deaths occur because basic safety measures were not taken. Many injuries are preventable by following simple safety precautions. The following injury prevention tips are provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the USDA Forest Service:

Water Sports

  • Provide adult supervision for younger children at all times.
  • Check the water depth and check for debris in the water before diving.
  • Do not dive in water less than 12 feet deep or in above-ground pools.
  • Remove the ladder of an above-ground pool or place it inside the pool (if possible) when not in use.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids, such as "floaties". They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give a false sense of security.

Did You Know? City of Lawton code states that any body of water at least 12" in depth that is used for wading or swimming is considered a swimming pool and must be enclosed by a fence or solid structure at least four feet high with a secured door or gate. This includes small, plastic wading or kiddie pools.

Heat Stress & Sunburn in Children

  • The intensity of activities that last 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat and humidity reach critical levels.
  • Children should be well-hydrated BEFORE prolonged physical activity.
  • While playing outside, children should stop for periodic drink breaks, even if the child doesn't feel thirsty.
  • Sunny or cloudy, use sunblock an SPF of 15 or greater that protects against UVB and UVA rays. Reapply every two hours.
  • To prevent sunburn in infants, dress them in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats that shade the neck.
     

Hiking Safety

  • Let the slowest person in your hiking party set the pace. is is especially important when children are a part of the group.
  • Hike in groups as much as possible, especially in hazardous terrain.
  • Leave your itinerary with a friend or family member and check in when you return.
  • Develop an emergency plan before you start your outing. Make sure everyone knows what to do in the event they get lost. Give children whistles with the instructions to "stop and blow" if they become lost.
  • To protect from poison ivy and snake bites, wear long pants, sturdy shoes and stay on the trail. Watch in front of you and look around before you sit down or place anything on the ground.
  • If you walk up on a snake, bu alo or other potentially dangerous wildlife, stop, slowly back away and proceed in the opposite direction. Do not attempt to feed, tease or make it move out of your path.