Notes from the Nurses: Summer Safety

Summer will be here soon. Remember to enjoy your summer break. Here are some tips to follow to be sure that you enjoy a safe and fun summer vacation.

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  • Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
  • Do not forget to cover all exposed areas with sunscreen including your face, nose, ears, feet and hands.
  • Also use lip balm with SPF 30.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Make sure clothes protect you, as well. If you can see your hand through your clothes, the sun's rays will get through to your skin.
  • Remember the sun is strongest between 10 a.m.¬†and 4 p.m., and the sun's rays come through even on cloudy days.
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming.
  • Practice sun safety.

Sports safety

  • Always wear a helmet when playing sports, riding a bike, skating and skateboarding.
  • Goggles and mouthguards are also another source of protection for some sports.
  • Always warm up before playing a sport.
  • Never play a sport if you are injured. Always report an injury to a coach, trainer and a parent/guardian.

Playground safety

  • CDC reports that, each year, more than 200,000 children¬†who are 14 years old and younger are treated in Emergency Departments for injuries sustained on playgrounds.
  • Falls are the main cause of playground injuries.
  • Adult supervision can help prevent playground injuries.
  • Playground areas should have wood chips, sand or mulch underneath for protection.
  • Children should only use age appropriate equipment.
  • Follow signs on the playground and use all equipment properly.

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