Longer, warmer days mean summer is fast approaching. While it can be a lot of fun out in the sun, don’t forget to practice summer activities safely – beyond applying your sunscreen regularly.
While out on the water make sure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket – adults too, not just children. Operating a boat is much different than operating a car, but a boating accident can be just as dangerous as a car accident. While operating the boat do not drink and drive, fifty percent of all boating fatalities are alcohol related.
It’s crucial for everyone spending time around water to learn the signs of drowning. We’re used to seeing it portrayed on TV where victims splash, flail and yell for help, but in actuality drowning is usually silent and victims are unable to signal distress. We recommend this article to learn more: Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning. When hanging out at the pool, ensure small children and those who aren’t strong swimmers wear a lifejacket at all times. Parents must be constantly vigilant in supervising children – don’t let your phone or conversations be a distraction. Check out HealthLinkBC for pool safety tips for children.
Kids and Pets in Cars:
It doesn’t have to be a scorcher, even in even warm weather vehicles heat up fast. At 21°C on a sunny day, the temperature inside a car can reach 40°C in only half an hour. After an hour, it can climb over 45°C . Never leave your children or pets unattended in the car, even while running a ‘quick’ errand. A child’s core body temperature can increase three to five times faster than an adult, which can result in death.
Tips for Pet Owners:
Don’t forget about the summer modifications needed for your furry loved ones. In addition to never leaving a pet in the car, always remember to bring water on walks. Don’t take your pets out during the hottest period of the day, and be mindful of the temperature of pavement and asphalt which can burn dogs’ paws.
Indication of Heat Stroke:
Spending too much time in the sun or playing activities outdoors can result in heat stroke. Heat stroke can be very serious (even life threatening) and requires medical attention. If you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms below immediately remove them from the heat and cool them by any means possible, and call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. Signs of heat stroke include:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Extremely high body temperature
- Confusion, slurred speech
- Throbbing Headache
- Hot, dry skin (lack of sweating) or conversely, heavy sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid pulse and rapid breathing