Preventing Trips to the ER This Summer Season

Boys in Goggles

The sunny, beautiful weather of summer can come with its fair share of risks. With increased time spent outdoors hiking, swimming, playing sports, or enjoying social events, the risk of injury also increases. The team at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center urges you to avoid any unnecessary trips to the emergency room this summer by staying safe outdoors. Below are a few of the ways that you can stay healthy throughout the season and avoid a medical emergency.

Stay Safe Around Fire
Summer is a great time to spend time outdoors enjoying fireworks, barbeques, or campfires with family and friends. Unfortunately, all of these activities can cause severe burns and other injuries. To prevent any fire-related injuries, restrict any fireworks to public shows and stay at a safe distance. Supervise children around barbeques and campfires carefully.

Supervise Young Swimmers Carefully
As more families turn to the ocean and swimming pools to stay cool over the summer, drowning becomes an increasingly serious risk. If you are planning on taking your family to swim, be sure to practice “touch supervision”—always be within arm’s reach of a swimming child. Children should also wear approved floatation devices if necessary.

Exercise Smart
More physical activity over the sunny summer months means more traumatic and overuse injuries. To help prevent any trauma, wear protective gear when playing contact sports, cycling, or skateboarding. Take the time to stretch, warm up, and cool down after a strenuous exercise regimen to help reduce the likelihood of overuse injuries to your muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Even with ample preparation, accidents may still happen. If you are in need of medical assistance this summer, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is here for you. Our emergency care center is always open to help heal your family in the event of any medical emergency. Call our Consult-A-Nurse health line at (805) 497-2727 for more information about our healthcare services.