Fourth of July Safety Tips

Posted on July 02 2018

Happy July Everyone!

We are officially half way through the year, and are now preparing to celebrate the most significant day in American history: Independence Day. Cookouts, sunshine, and fireworks are in store for the next few days, and it's sure to be a fantastic time for all.

Whether you're on vacation, traveling, or relaxing by your pool at home, we here at Mountainside Medical want to remind you to be safe this holiday week, and offer you some tips on how to avoid any incidents that may become potentially dangerous or hazardous, or what to do in the event of an accident or emergency. 

Always Keep a First Aid Kit

A First Aid Kit is something that you should always keep with you in case of an emergency. Be prepared for any minor accident whether you're at home, or on the go. We offer several terrific kits for you, your family, and your furry companion - such as our MediBag Family First Aid Kit, which contains 117 items, and our Pet First Aid Kit, which contains 42 items.  

However, if you prefer to make your own, some of the must have items to keep in your kit include:

Having all of these on hand is an extremely efficient way of taming an unwanted crisis. More accidents tend to happen around this holiday, and summertime in general - especially when handling fireworks and sparklers. 

Prevent Dehydration

 

After a long, cold, and seemingly endless winter, it looks like Summer has finally arrived - with a vengeance! With temperatures in the high 90s, humidity at an all time, record high, it's quite easy to forget to keep yourself hydrated!

Dehydration can happen rapidly to anyone at anytime, and can be particularly dangerous if not treated, or prevented effectively. This holiday week, (and throughout the rest of Summer) be sure to:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat foods that contain water and proper nutritional value.
  • Avoid being exposed to the heat for long periods of time.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned room.
  • Check on those that are elderly, sick, and those without air conditioning.
  • Limit outdoor activity as much as possible.
  • If you have to be outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade, and drink plenty of water.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing.
  • Keep pets cool and comfortable by giving them an adequate supply of fresh, cold water, rub them down gently with a cool washcloth or towel, and keep them indoors.
  • Never leave children or pets unsupervised, and locked in a vehicle. Your car can turn into an oven in less than a minute, leaving fatal results

Save Your Skin

Before going outside to take a refreshing dip in the pool, or to simply relax in the gorgeous sunshine, make sure to apply the correct amount of sunscreen in order to prevent a painful sunburn

According to The Weather Channel, the UV index for the upcoming holiday week is extremely high. That means, the sun's rays are even more damaging than usual. Before you go outside, it is best to wear sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30, is waterproof, and protects against both UVA and UVB rays

Once you have an effective sunscreen that works for you and your family, follow the tips below to ensure your safety while having fun in the sun this week!

  • Cover any exposed skin liberally with sunscreen.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you are sweating, or swimming. 
  • Use sunscreen even on cloudy, overcast days, as UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds. 
  • If possible, avoid being exposed to the sun between the hours of 11am - 4pm. During that time, the sun's rays are the strongest and can cause the most damage. 
  • If you have to be outdoors during that time, it is best to wear sun-protective clothing, such as hats and UV blocking sunglasses. 

 

From all of us at Mountainside Medical, we wish everyone a safe, and happy holiday week!