Magazine article Work & Family Life

Timely Tips for a Safe ER-Free Summer

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Timely Tips for a Safe ER-Free Summer

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One out of seven Americans visits an emergency room every year. And many common warm-weather activities increase our risk of accidents, injuries and health scares.

Here are some tips from GotSafety.org and a helpful little book Think Twice: More Lessons from the ER by Dr. Brady Pregerson.

Clear the lawn of sticks and stones before you mow. They can become flying missiles. Work crosswise on sloped terrain. Wear protective gear when you shear hedges, cut wood, scrape or spray paint, or install insulation

If y ou work or play in dirt, keep your tetanus immunizations up to date. Dangerous Clostridium Tetani bacteria live in the soil and can enter the body through even a small cut or splinter.

Don't push on the glass when you open a window. You risk hand and forearm lacerations. And if you have young kids in the house, install window guards. It just takes a moment for a child to fall out of an open window.

* Protect yourself and your family from tiny disease vectors. Mosquitoes transmit West Nile encephalitis and ticks spread Lyme disease. A repellent containing DEET is effective against both. Also, get rid of standing water around the house after a rain.

Stick to blazed trails when you go hiking. Let people know where you're headed and when you're likely to return. Try to hike with someone, and take plenty of water, sunscreen, extra clothing, a compass, knife and some food.

Avoid vigorous exercise in hot weather. Even walking or working outside for an extended period on a very hot day can be problematic. …

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