Summer is just around the corner. While we are all looking forward to spending time outdoors, it’s important to make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy while enjoying the summer fun. Here are some tips to make sure a day at the beach doesn’t become a trip to the urgent care.
Just a few serious sunburns can increase the chances of getting skin cancer later in life. Always apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Wear protective clothing and hats with wide brims.
Diseases like Zika, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease can be transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks. Use an effective insect repellent when spending time outdoors. Always check yourself, your family, and pets for ticks.
Always make sure to wear helmets whenever riding a bicycle, scooter, or roller skates. A helmet is the most important device available that can reduce head injury and death from a crash.
Never leave a child unattended at the pool or beach. If you have a pool at home, make sure it is fenced in and use doors with locks to keep kids out when adults are not present. Keep rescue equipment, like life preservers, life jackets, and a long pole with a “shepherd’s hook” at the end, close at hand. When swimming at the beach, be sure to stay in the swimming areas and make sure there is a lifeguard, especially where there are children.
Beat the Heat
Never leave a child or pet enclosed in a vehicle on a hot day. Make sure to fill up on water regularly to remain hydrated and avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages which may dehydrate you. Avoid strenuous exercise on particularly hot days. Stay cool with cool showers or baths. Wear lightweight, loosely fitted, light-colored clothing.
Keep Food Safe
Remember to wash your hands before preparing or serving any food. Cook meat thoroughly and separate cooked meat from raw meat to prevent food poisoning. Keep food stored in a cool and dry place. Always wash fruits and vegetables. Keep all perishable foods in a refrigerator or cooler with a cold pack.
Sharing great summer experiences with your family and friends can create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. And just in case the planned activities don’t go as smoothly as expected, come in to AFC and we’ll get you all taken care of. Make AFC Urgent Care your go-to for injuries and illnesses. They are open seven days a week with extended hours and no appointment is ever needed. Most major and Connecticut State insurance (Husky, Medicaid, and Medicare) plans are accepted.
With locations in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, and Shelton, AFC is always there for you and your families’ healthcare needs. To learn more about their services or to contact the nearest AFC Urgent Care visit their website.