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Preventing Injury and Illness During the Summer Months

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Summer is here and for many families the calendar is filled with lots of outdoor activities. Because summer in Minnesota can mean an increased risk for certain injuries and illnesses, we've put together a list of health tips so you and your family can spend more time relaxing at the lake and less time at the doctor this summer.

Sun and Heat

After a long cold winter Minnesotans relish the nice hot days outside. However, the sun and heat can pose a real danger, particularly to young children and the elderly. Of course, the best protection from the sun is to avoid direct exposure, but the next best option is to wear light colored, UV protective clothing and a wide brim hat. Even when the sky is partly cloudy UV rays can be harmful, so use a suntan lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher, and remember to reapply it every two hours or after swimming. If you do get sunburn, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help with the pain, while lotions containing aloe vera can cool and sooth red skin.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are another danger that can come with outdoor activities. You can minimize your risk by taking frequent breaks from the sun and heat and staying hydrated with non-alcoholic beverages. Never leave young children or pets in a car unattended, even if you're just running a quick errand.

Barbecue Grills

Because barbecue pose a real danger to children, they should never be left unattended. Teach children to stay away from grills. Many small, portable grills can be knocked over easily, so keep pets and kids away while cooking. It's also a good idea to keep a garden hose or bucket of water nearby. When cleaning a grill, avoid metal bristle brushes that can break off and be accidentally ingested with the cooked food.

Swimming Pools and Lakes

While swimming in a cool lake or swimming pool is a prefect complement to a hot summer day, it's important that everyone know who is responsible for watching young children around water. Even if they know how to swim well, never allow a child to swim unattended. Don't assume that others are watching out for them. Children who cannot swim should have approved life jackets (not inflatable devices). If a child is missing near the pool, always look for them underwater first.

Fireworks

Children should never be allowed to play with firecrackers, rockets or other fireworks. While sparklers may seem harmless, but they can cause serious burns. Teach children to never pick up "duds" or fireworks that have failed to go off.


 

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