Staying Safe This Summer
Summer is officially in full swing and many of us have been enjoying the warm weather. The local parks are filled with bikers, runners, people enjoying picnics and kids playing on the playground. The beaches are filled with swimmers, sand volleyball games, boaters and sun bathers. It is a time that is carefree, fun and filled with lots of smiles and laughter. What many of us do not think about while enjoying all of these activities, is safety. We sometimes are so excited to jump into all the things we love to do that we forget there are precautions that should also be taken. From too much sun, to not getting enough fluids to every day insect bites, there are many downsides to being outside during the summer months. If you know the common issues and how to correct them, you can enjoy a safe, healthy and fun summer.

Staying Safe This Summer

We probably all know that being armed with the correct information, comes power. If you know what the signs and symptoms of common illness and conditions, you can be sure you are staying safe this summer. If you are a camping enthusiast, do you know how to treat a campfire burn or how to recognize and remove a tick? If you enjoy hiking, do you know which plants to avoid and how to treat a sprain should you slip on a pile of wet leaves? Did you know the two groups that are most susceptible to sunstroke and/or dehydration are the very young or the very old? If you are at the beach and your child ends up with swimmer’s ear, do you know how to avoid or treat the painful condition?

Many of us love grilling out or eating fresh summer fare at a favorite restaurant. If you were to get food poisoning, would you know how to tell if you had it or not? If so, what is the most effective course of action to treat it? With the easy to read and understand facts and tips sheet from the Canada Drug Center, all this information is at your fingertips. You can print out the chart and keep it with you for quick reference. The chart can also serve as a guide to create the appropriate kit you can keep handy in the event one of these or other situations occur. If you are armed with the information and gather the supplies necessary to treat these common ailments, you can relax and enjoy your summer!