Summer Health Hazards: Part 2
Summer is a time for cookouts, holidays and time spent in and on the water – or pretty much anywhere but the couch! With plenty of celebrations and festivities heating up this season, don’t let the fun fizzle due to hidden health hazards. Favorite summer activities like picnics, boat trips and fireworks displays pose risks you can’t ignore. But if you’re prepared, you’ll spend your summer in the sun instead of in the urgent care.
Here are a few things to keep an eye out for to make sure you stay healthy as you enjoy the summer fun:
Cookouts and barbecues are highlights of the summer season, but where there is food in a hot environment, bacteria can also thrive. Dairy products, egg dishes, meat and mayonnaise are the most likely suspects if you’re suffering from food poisoning. While food refrigeration is the easiest way to stay safe, if it’s too late, there are several other ways to find relief from food poisoning symptoms. If symptoms are mild, take small sips of clear liquids after nausea or vomiting passes, then begin small portions of bland food, like dry toast, to get your body back in balance.
Boats and fireworks can be part of a great summer, but they can also send you to the urgent care or emergency room. Doctors say drinking while boating is one of the main causes of boating accidents, like a fall overboard, a propeller wound and an accidental drowning. On the boat, put down the brew for sure. Make sure the boat has a first aid kit and life jackets for every passenger. It’s also smart to have someone on board with CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training in the event of a drowning.
Fireworks may be beautiful, but they can also cause serious burns if you don’t take proper safety precautions. Doctors see a lot of hand and eye injuries caused by fireworks each year, and say that the safest way to enjoy them is at a professional display. If you set up your own legal display, be sure to have a fire extinguisher or a hose connected to a water source nearby to put out fires. Keep children away from fireworks at all times.
While preventing problems in the first place is ideal, if you’re suffering from an intestinal ailment, or have an accident while boating or setting off fireworks, seek medical help as soon as possible.
Are there any summer health hazards you are especially careful about? What summer concerns do you wish you knew more about?