CALIFORNIA SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
"An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure." Ben Franklin
With Summer just around the bend, here are some tips to make sure you,
your family and friends have a safe and joyful time.
1. Watch Your Children at the Beach, Swimming Pool or Lake
"In the Summer, children drown at nearly double the rate of the rest of
the year, usually in swimming pools," warns Dr. Robert Realmuto, M.D.,
chairman of Emergency Medicine at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital. "Most
of these incidents occur while adults are nearby but temporarily
2. Use Sunscreen
Twenty minutes before going outside, apply sunscreen with a sun
protection factor (spf) of 15 or higher to protect against the sun's
ultra-violet rays. Reapply after swimming, sweating heavily or drying
off with a towel, advises Dr. Marsha Fink, M.D., a medical oncologist.
She also says to Wear Sunglasses, Protective Clothing and Hats since
your ears, neck and face tend to get the most exposure during full
3. Avoid Heat Exhaustion
People who've been in the sun for a long time, especially those
exercising, might develop symptoms like dry mouth, fatigue, headache,
dizziness, pale skin and sweating. They should be taken to a cool,
shaded area and given water to drink and cool compresses for their skin.
With rest, fluids and cooling, heat exhaustion isn't life threatening,
according to physicians at Orange Coast. But if it's allowed to continue
without treatment, it could lead to heat stroke, a potentially fatal
condition signaled by a high body temperature and absence of sweating.
Heat stroke demands emergency medical attention, doctors said.
4. Leave Fireworks to the Pros
Even handheld sparklers can reach temperatures above 1,000 degrees
Fahrenheit and may cause serious injuries and fires. Fireworks are
outlawed in many cities but you can always catch a professional
fireworks display on July 4th. Check beachcalifornia.com for official
fireworks celebration sites. Here's a
list where fireworks are sold
5. Be Careful Around The Grill-Don't Get Burned
Don't add highly flammable starter fluid when the coals or kindling are
already hot and make sure children aren't near the grill.
Have a Happy & Safe Summer!
(We want to Thank Orange Coast Memorial for many of these tips. You can
find out more about this hospital and others in the Memorial Care Health
System at memorialcare.org)