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Summer Safety

Date: June 15, 2015 Categories: Blog

Summer is upon us and while many people know the hazards of swimming and fireworks, people often forget the other risks that warm weather can bring. Here are some simple tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe this summer.


The National Children’s Cancer Society recommends the following sun precautions:

  • Limit time in the sun, especially during the peak hours of 10:00 am – 3:00 pm when UV rays (the most damaging kind!) are at their highest.
  • Play in the shade if you’re going to be outside for a long time.
  • Always use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 – even in the winter!
  • Protect your skin and eyes from the sun with protective clothing and sunglasses.


Web MD advises that people stay hydrated and get some place cool if they notice cramping in their legs, as this is one of the first signs of heat related problems. Web MD listed the following signs of heat stroke, which can happen if early signs are missed:

  • Red, hot,dry skin
  • Rapidpulse
  • Throbbingheadache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness

PBS for parents also recommends the following regarding Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac (it’s the oil from the leaves of these plants that cause the potential allergic reaction):

  • Consider wearing protective clothing to help decrease the amount of exposed skin.
  • Learn how to recognize what poison ivy, oak and sumac look like, so that they can be avoided.
  • Avoid bushy, overgrown areas and places which may contain these plants. Try to stay on paths.

The good news: the rashes aren’t contagious. Once the skin has been washed and clothing is removed, the rashes can’t spread.

Some additional summer risks, such as insects, are an annoyance and also a potential health risk. Many people are allergic to bees and wasps, but forget to carry an Epipen or explain to those around them that they have the allergy and how to administer the emergency medication.


The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the following to reduce issues with bugs:

  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
  • Avoid clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • To remove visible stingers, gently back it out by scraping with a credit card or your fingernail.
  • Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect repellent should not be reapplied.
  • Use insect repellents containing 10-30% DEET to prevent insect-related diseases.10% DEET provides protection for about 2 hours, and 30% protects for about 5 hours. Choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.
  • An alternative to DEET, picaridin, has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5-10%.
  • When outside in the evenings or other times when there are a lot of mosquitoes present, cover up with long sleeved shirts, pants and socks.


For more summer safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, click here.