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Summer Safety

June 30, 2017            

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Water safety

Prevent drowning, dangerous infections, or sunburns at pools, lakes, oceans, rivers or even water parks and rides.  Always wear life jackets on boats.  Never let kids (or adults) swim alone, or in bad weather.  Learn CPR.  Give kids swimming lessons.  Some water bodies breed the rare deadly N. Fowleri bug—never inhale water through nose! (The bug can’t infect the brain through the mouth.)  Use plenty of sunscreen. 

 

Bites and stings

Most bites and stings hurt but are otherwise harmless—but do watch closely for any allergic reactions!

To repel biting/stinging bugs, apply bug spray to campers’ and children’s hands, necks and other exposed areas before outdoor activities, especially in fields or woods.  For face and behind ears, spray palms and rub on.  Avoid eyes.  Use only sprays for people containing DEET.  Wash thoroughly once back inside.

 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Prevent long-term brain damage from summer sports and wheeled activities.  Wear a helmet when biking, skateboarding, rollerblading or off-roading.  Never dive into shallow pools—or run around wet pool areas.

 

Ticks and Lyme disease

Ticks are seed-sized insects living in grassy/leafy areas that commonly carry the Lyme disease bacterium.  Prevent Lyme disease by preventing tick bites—wear long sleeves, long socks and pants or long skirts when in grassy/leafy areas.  Apply bug spray.  Do full body check of kids and self for latched-on ticks after such hikes.  Gently pull off (don’t twist) any latched-on tick with tweezers.  Make sure pincers don’t break off in skin.

 

Ultraviolet (UV) sunlight

To protect your eyes from UV rays, experts recommend wearing large wraparound UV-absorbing sunglasses whenever you’re outdoors—especially in sunny summer.

 

Pre-travel vaccinations

Double-check your vaccinations with your doctor’s office before any out-of-country summer trip.  Check with the CDC for any current global danger zones and required vaccinations—some new shots must be given weeks before trips, so plan carefully!

 

Barbecues, campfires and outdoor cooking

Fuel: always store gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluids and other poisonous/flammable fuels out of kids’ reach.

Food temps: keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.  Use food thermometer to see if it’s fully cooked.

Wire grill brushes: bristles can shed when scrubbing, be swallowed in food and cause problems.  Use carefully.

 

Snakebites

Stay calm!  Fatalities are extremely rare (under ten yearly) today.  Most snakes (and snakebites) aren’t poisonous—and even those “dry bite” sometimes.  Don’t apply tourniquets, ice or “venom extractor kits” to bites.  Call Hatzolah or rush to nearest ER right away.  Take pics—don’t try catching it!—if safely possible for docs to know what kind (of venom).  ER docs will first monitor patient and only give antidote if needed.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

Hatzolah:

New York City: 718-387-1750                     

Monsey: 845-425-1800                 

Catskills: 718-387-1750

North Jersey: 973-773-9988                       

Lakewood 732-370-3600                             

Poison control: 800-222-1222