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Article posted on July 4, 2024

Summer Safety Tips

Be prepared to beat the heat and any risks that come along with the joys of summer to be safe during this season. The rising temperatures and expected higher-than-usual heat waves can cause a few health issues for individuals of all ages, especially children and older adults. 

Backyard barbeques, beach sports, swimming in pools, hiking, biking, and so much more. We love summer but hate sunburns, dehydration, heat illnesses, insect bites, drowning, unsafe summer foods, seasonal allergies, and gardening and sports injuries.

With the right safety procedures, you will enjoy summer to the fullest and sleep worry-free every night.

Summer Safety Tips

- Stay hydrated 

High temperatures increase our risk of heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Drink lots of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. Also, increase your intake of vitamin C as it has a natural defence against heat stroke, rash and exhaustion.

  

- Stay cool 

Wearing light-coloured clothing and seeking shade often will keep you cool. If you have kids or pets, remember not to leave them in parked vehicles at all. In addition, open windows and doors at home to create a breeze and promote air circulation to cool your indoor space. On hot days, plan to visit air-conditioned places such as cinemas, museums, and shopping malls.

 

- Practice sun safety 

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen protection factor of at least 30 to avoid sunburns. Apply it generously 20 minutes before going outside and reapply frequently—don’t forget about your face and ears. Protect the top of your head by wearing a hat. Wear sunglasses with an UltraViolet (UV) A/B certified seal to protect your eyes. Kids are more sensitive to sunlight, so they must be protected when outside, even for short periods.  

 

- Be safe around water 

When visiting bodies of water, make sure you and your family are equipped with life jackets that are properly fitted to each individual and approved by Transport Canada. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water, so never leave them unsupervised in or near water and keep them within arms reach of an adult.

 

- Wear protective gear 

Protect yourself and your little ones by wearing helmets and other protective gear if needed such as knee and elbow pads. Alberta laws require helmets to be worn by anyone operating a motorcycle or an off-highway vehicle, such as an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Albertans under the age of 18 are also required to wear a helmet when cycling. Make sure your helmet fits properly—it should be snug, level front-to-back, sit an inch above your eyebrows and allow two fingers to fit between your chin and the strap.

Also, use your gardening tools safely by following all recommended measures. For example, if you are cutting branches using an electric or gas saw, make sure you follow the safety guidelines and wear recommended gear. 

 

- Avoid bug bites

While the risk of getting a serious disease from a bug bite in Alberta is low, it’s important to be aware of the risks and how to prevent them. Cover up with light-coloured clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes and allows you to see ticks easily. Wear insect repellent but apply sunscreen first. After being outside, check yourself, your children and your pets for any ticks or bug bites. If you find a bug bite, follow proper instructions to treat it quickly to reduce the chance of infection or disease. You can find treatment instructions at MyHealth.Alberta.ca or by calling Health Link at 811.

 

- Watch for weather changes 

Summer weather conditions in Alberta can change fast. Severe weather like heavy winds, hailstorms or tornadoes can be life-threatening. Before you head out, be sure to check the weather forecast. While outside, keep an eye on the sky, keep a radio or your mobile phone nearby to be aware of any weather advisories, and have a plan to find shelter should a storm arise.

 

- Keep food fresh 

Prepare and handle foods safely to reduce the risk of food-borne illness, especially when barbequing or going outdoors. Separate spatulas you use for cooking raw meat from the ones for cooked food. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling food. Use hand sanitizer if you’re camping or on a picnic. Keep food between 4 and 6°C to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Discard any cooked food that has been at room temperature for more than 2 hours—when in doubt, throw it out! 

Other tips include: driving safely, camping safely, protecting your home while away, and using common sense to enjoy your summer and vacation. 

 

Check out our services and classes to keep your minds and bodies healthy this season. 

 

Sources

Blue Cross 

Cleveland Clinic

 


Last Updated: Thursday, July 04, 2024



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