Although the summer can bring fun memories and opportunities to spend time with family and friends outdoors—don’t forget that the summer can also bring some big dangers.
Ron Kasowski, director of environmental safety and emergency management for Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, gives us answers to some of his most often asked questions about summer safety.
Q: Where can I get more information to keep my family safe?
While there are many websites promoting safety, I recommend the National Safety Council‘s site. It has great information and tips to stay safe at home, at work and on the road.
Q: What are some things to consider when looking to increase safety during summer months?
Keep cool when working out or playing outside in the sun. Watch for the signs of heat exhaustion. Common signs may include confusion, dizziness, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, profuse sweating or a rapid heartbeat.
Ensure that you drink enough water or other fluid replacement drinks. To prevent dehydration, it’s generally recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water, fruit juice or vegetable juice per day. You may have to increase this amount when exercising or working outside.
Q: How often do I need to apply sun screen?
There are three things to consider when planning your sunscreen coverage, including:
- The sunscreen’s sun protection factor (SPF)
- The time of day you’ll be out in the sun
- The kind of activity you’ll be participating in
A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be used when you’re outdoors. For children under 6 years of age, an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. You should re-apply sunscreen about every two hours or after swimming or heavy sweating and according to the directions on the bottle.
Information in this blog post was contributed by Mary Johnson, Marketing & PR Consultant at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.