Recognizing the Top Health Risks of Summer


If you’re planning some fun activities this summer, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to consider safety issues. Taking safety precautions for activities ranging from exercising outdoors to doing some landscaping can help keep you out of the emergency room this summer. And if you do suffer an injury or illness, you can count on the emergency room team at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to help you get back on your feet.

Yard Equipment Injuries

Each year, far too many homeowners are rushed to the emergency room because of severe injuries sustained when working with yard equipment, such as mowers and power tools. One way to reduce your risk of injuries and to reduce your water consumption during the drought is to make the switch from grass to artificial turf. Or, select drought-resistant groundcovers such as thyme or golden creeping Jenny that will never require mowing. When you do use yard equipment or power tools, wear protective goggles and always turn off the equipment before servicing it.

Heat-Related Illnesses

If left untreated, heat-related illnesses can become life-threatening. Infants, young children, seniors, and individuals with an illness are particularly prone to developing heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. To prevent heat-related illnesses, sip water throughout the day and avoid alcoholic beverages. Consume a sports drink to replace the minerals you’ll lose when working out during the summer. It’s also a good idea to take frequent breaks from the outdoor heat to cool off in an air conditioned room.

Sun Exposure

Protecting your skin from sunburns can help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer . Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before going outdoors. Reapply the product every two hours or as indicated by the directions. Additionally, it’s advisable to reduce exposure to the sun by wearing a broad-brimmed hat and clothing with a high Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).

The healthcare providers of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center would like to wish our neighbors a safe and enjoyable summer. At our hospital in Thousand Oaks, you’ll find all the healthcare services you’ll need to keep your family healthy—from emergency room care to pediatric care, and many more. If you require transportation to our emergency room, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.