Summer Safety

Fun in the Sun

Everyone enjoys a little bit of summer fun, but it’s always important to monitor the weather conditions in extreme heat—

especially if you plan on being outside.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

• No matter how long you plan on being out, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15

• Take water breaks every 15 minutes when working or playing outdoors – try to set up a shady or air conditioned recovery area

• Wear a hat and UV-absorbent sunglasses

• Eat small, light meals before outdoor activity

 

Yard Safety

Yard upkeep is essential during the warmer months, but is also a common cause of injury. Lawnmowers alone send tens of

thousands of people to the emergency room each year.

Don’t start mowing until you:

• Know how to operate the equipment and follow safety instructions

• Fill up the gas tank when the engine is cold

• Clear the area from rocks and sticks to prevent flying debris

• Wear eye and ear protection, and appropriate shoes and clothing when operating the lawnmower or working nearby

• Keep children and pets away from the area

 

Listen to Your Body

Even after following all the necessary precautions, you should still be on the lookout for overexertion. Overexertion accounts for about 3.3 million emergency room visits a year in the United States, and symptoms can be heightened in the heat. Stop and take a break if you experience the following:

• Dizziness

• Sore or painful muscles

• Pulse higher than recommended exercise

pulse for your size and physical condition

• Feeling very hot and sweating profusely

• Low abdominal pain

• Nausea

 

First Aid Tips

Untreated heat stress can quickly lead to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition:

• Call 911.

• Move the victim to a cool

place and remove outer

clothing.

• Immediately cool the victim

with any means at hand,

preferably by immersing

them up to the neck in cold

water or apply ice bags or

cold packs beside the neck,

armpits and groin.

• Do not give the victim

anything containing caffeine

or alcohol.

• Be ready to provide CPR

For more information see http://www.nsc.org/products_training/Training/Pages/OnlineTraining.aspx

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