The summer months are fast approaching, which means excellent travel opportunities, outdoor activities, and school breaks. However, the summer is also a time when serious accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. Therefore, it is important to get your family prepared for a safe summer so that you do not have to interrupt your seasonal fun with trips to the emergency room. Here are a few warm weather safety guidelines from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to keep your family healthy and safe all summer long.
Practice Pool Safety
If you have a pool at home, you should have it surrounded by a secure fence and locked gate so that your children cannot get to the water without supervision. Whenever young members of the family are swimming at home or in public pools, there should be at least one parent or babysitter present to supervise activity in the water. Drowning can occur in a matter of seconds, so pool safety should always be taken seriously.
Encourage Proper Hydration
Every member of the family should drink plenty of water during the summer, especially when spending extended periods of time outside. You can make sure that young children stay hydrated during outdoor play by setting up hourly breaks for water and healthy hydrating snacks such as fruit. Reusable water bottles are excellent for the whole family to keep on hand, as they will keep water close by and serve as a reminder to drink more of it.
Use Sunscreen Every Day
Skin cancer prevention should be a top priority during the summer, and sunscreen use is the first step in reducing your risk for skin cancer. You should select a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of 30 or higher.
For more tips on staying healthy this summer, consult Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. We can provide you and your family with healthy education to keep you safe, and we offer accurate, prompt emergency care through our dedicated Emergency Department with wait times averaging less than 15 minutes. You can learn more about our hospital services or find answers to your medical questions by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727 or by visiting our website .