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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.