1. Protect your knees and back when gardening or working outdoors:
Kneeling on a cushion or using tools with extenders can make yard work more enjoyable and help prevent muscle strain.
2. Take special care when operating lawn mowers, chain saws and weed trimmers: Thousands of people show up in emergency rooms each year with deep lacerations they sustained when operating this type of machinery.
3. Wear supportive, protective shoes when appropriate:
Flip-flops are the summer footwear of choice, and while they are inexpensive, stylish and easy to take on and off, they do not support or protect feet.
4. Wear a helmet when riding a bike, skateboard or operating an ATV:
5. Water Safety:
A. Water: Do not dive or jump into water when you are uncertain of the depth. More common than you think, spinal cord injuries happen every year when people, most commonly teenagers, dive into shallow water.
B. Water: Drink plenty of clean, fresh water to prevent heat stroke.
C. Water: Don’t drink pool, lake or ocean water. Learn how to swim. Supervise young children around it.
6. Swing right into summer: Golf and tennis are popular summer recreational sports, but also a common cause of back, shoulder and elbow injuries due to poor swing form and over use. Consider taking lessons to improve form. Rest and ice when muscles are sore.
7 . Mosquitos and ticks carry viruses. Use Insect repellent:
- Deet-15 to 30 percent: will provide long lasting protection from mosquitos and ticks, Deet in higher concentrations can pose risks, especially to infants.. Try instead:
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus: a naturally occurring compound, extracted from the gum eucalyptus tree. In tests, 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) was effective.
- Picaridin: a repellent modeled after a compound that occurs naturally in the black pepper plant. 20 percent Picaridin products are recommended.
8. Protect your skin with sunblock: Sunburn is uncomfortable, and can be dangerous. Dermatologists recommend using sunblock with an SPF of at least 30.
9. Keep sunblock and insect repellent in your car and sports bag during the summer months.
10. Wear sunglasses: The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends wearing sunglasses that block 100% of the sun’s UV rays to protect against eye disease.
Here’s to having a safe, fun and happy summer. Don’t hesitate to call us if you or someone you know needs our help: 404-255-5595.