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Summer is the time of year to enjoy outdoor activities. Even though the warmer weather creates opportunities for fun in the sun, it is still important to practice safe summer habits to prevent injury and illness. Practice these summer safety tips to stay healthy this year.
Doing strenuous outdoor activity early in the morning or later in the evening can help you stay cooler and prevent heat stroke. A heat stroke can be life- threatening, but is preventable. To help avoid heat stroke:
No place outdoors is safe during a storm. Lightning strikes cause hundreds of permanent disabilities each year. To help stay safe during a storm:
In 9 out of 10 child-drowning deaths, a parent or caregiver claimed to be watching the child. Young children often don’t make much noise when in danger in the water. Water sports such as waterskiing, parasailing, or snorkeling create safety concerns as well. To help prevent accidental drowning:
Nearly 2,000 people make trips to Emergency Departments each Fourth of July. These injuries were the results of improper firework use. To ensure safety around fireworks:
For more information, contact the UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center at 412-232-8375.