Summer Tips for Staying Safe

Summer Tips for Staying Safe

4 teens playing with a Frisbee in the parkMany of us look forward to the summer months. There is something about being outside and enjoying the nice weather that just appeals to us. Along with the nice weather, however, is the potential for some problems. Unless you are keeping yourself safe during the summer months, you might find yourself in a situation where you need medical attention. Of course, if medical attention is necessary, you can count on Better Faster Urgent Care to assist. They can take care of your needs much faster than an emergency room and when you enter into their facility, you will be a priority.

Although there are many different issues that can happen in the summer months, there are some specific things that need to be watched for carefully. The following tips can help you to stay safe during the summer and to avoid many of the potential health problems that could result from the warm weather, sunshine and increased activity.

Stay Hydrated – One of the most important things to consider when you are dealing with the summer weather is the possibility of dehydration. This is something that can take place at any time of the year but when you’re active in the summer and sweating, it will happen much faster.

Dehydration may take place before you even realize the fact that you are getting low on fluids. It is often said that, by the time you are feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated. That is why it is important to pay attention to yourself and your physical needs. Drink water on a regular basis, even if you don’t feel thirsty and if you are doing any type of strenuous physical activity, make sure that you hydrate even more frequently. You can also use a sports drink, as they contain electrolytes that may also be lost when you sweat.

Finally, pay attention to what your body is telling you and watch for any signs of serious dehydration or the potential for heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical condition that requires emergency medical care. If you have any signs of heatstroke or heat exhaustion, be sure to get to Better Faster Urgent Care as quickly as possible.

Sunburn – When you are outside during the summer months, one of the problems that can also occur is sunburn. There are some things you can do to avoid the problem and all of the suffering that may go along with it.

One thing you can do is to use a high-quality sunscreen. Make sure that you cover all parts of your skin that will be exposed because missing a small part of the skin can lead to some serious problems. You can also wear protective clothing, such as long sleeve shirts. Some clothing even offers specific UV protection so it helps to keep you safe even further.

Four teens rollerblading outsideIncreased activity – Although it is a good idea to stay healthy by staying active, there are also potential problems that can occur as a result of that increased activity as well. That is especially true if you are involved in any type of summertime sports. It is important to wear the proper clothing and to pay close attention to any safety rules that may be associated with the specific sport you are engaged in.

If you do find yourself in a situation where you have been injured as a result of the sports activity, it is a good idea to get checked out as soon as possible. Many people will allow these issues to continue to be a problem because they either want to continue playing or because they don’t want to make a big deal of it. The fact of the matter is, however, any type of serious injury would require medical care.

Ticks – one other problem that can occur during the warmer months is for ticks and other insects to be a problem. A simple tick bite is not typically going to be an issue but if they happen to be carrying a disease, such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it can be a serious problem. Make sure that you watch for any signs of illness and for the bulls-eye ring that can occur in the case of Lyme disease.

These are only some of the many summer hazards that can exist. It is good to get out and enjoy the warmer weather but regardless of the situation you’re in, be aware of the potential for safety issues. By staying safe in the summer, you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy it to the full.

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