First Aid

First Aid

All this month we are going to focus in on some safety tips when it comes to spending time outdoors around your home.

This week, a blog article from CPR Certified & one from PetMD gives some first aid tips for both humans & animals during the summer months:

  • For minor burns, run cold water over them and apply a clean bandage loosely over the wound. DO NOT POP BLISTERS! Blisters form as a natural protectant.
  • For bee stings, use a fingernail or edge of a credit card to SCRAPE the stinger away & wash the area with soap/water and apply ointment if needed.
  • For ticks, use a pair of tweezers & gently tug at the body to dislodge it being careful not to separate the head. Wash with soap/water & treat with antiseptic. Monitor for 30 days for signs of Lyme Disease.
  • Keep pets indoors if at all possible when temperatures rise above 80 degrees, if you can’t, make sure there is enough shade & access to cool water.
  • Before taking your pet for a walk, test the sidewalk with your hand – if you cannot keep it on the surface for more than 10 seconds, don’t go for a walk or outfit your pet with booties to protect the pads of their feet.
  • Keep pool chemicals away from pets, chlorine and other such chemicals are toxic to both humans and pets.

 

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BBQ Safety

BBQ Safety

All this month we are going to focus in on some safety tips when it comes to spending time outdoors around your home.

The State of Massachusetts has provided a blog post with some great tips when it comes to cooking outdoors during the summer months. According to the blog post, 2/3 of all fires in the state occur during the grilling season (May-September). Here are some tips gleaned from the post (be sure to check the post for more!):

  • When using a gas grill for the first time of the season, check the hoses & connections for gas leaks. Pouring a light soap/water solution through the hose should reveal if there are any pinholes in the hose. Replace as necessary.
  • Whether using a charcoal grill or gas grill, NEVER use them in an enclosed space. Both grills can generate a large amount of carbon dioxide gas which can poison you.
  • If you are going to use a grill on a balcony, make sure there is a stairway or other alternative fire escape.
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from structures, deck railings, overhanging roof eaves & tree branches.
  • Keep your grill clean to prevent an uneven flame or blockage from grease/fat build-up.
  • Never use gasoline on any grill, fires caused by gasoline are major sources for burns.

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Fireworks Safety for Pets & Kids

Fireworks Safety for Pets & Kids

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is upon us, people are hitting the road & preparing for fun, food, & of course fireworks! It’s important to stay safe when handling & viewing fireworks, so this week we shared some tips from the Mommy Enterprises blog:

  • Keep glow bracelets/sticks out of reach of your pets & young children. The fluorescent chemicals inside can make them sick even though they may be labeled non-toxic.
  • Pick up all debris from fireworks & outdoor festivities (balloons, streamers, plasticware, etc.), pets (especially dogs) & small children like to chew or stick things in their mouths.
  • Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks show or allow them outdoors when fireworks are being set off. Many dogs are sensitive to loud sounds & flashing lights. Create a refuge for them, a quiet & dark space for them to calm down.
  • Watch alcoholic drinks & keep them away from young children & pets. All it takes is grabbing the wrong cup to warrant a visit to the emergency room.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep kids & pets well-hydrated and cool in the hot weather. If your pet is subject to excessive panting & lethargy, get them into the shade as soon as possible & ply them with cold water.
  • Keep kids & pets away from the grilling area, even though the gas is off or the coals have been removed – the grill itself can still be very hot.

 

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Amusement Park Safety

Amusement Park Safety

 

All this month we will be sharing tips on how to be safe while enjoying many outdoor activities this summer!

The blog Safewise has an article with tips on how to be safe while visiting amusement parks this Summer. Some things cannot be avoided like the recent roller coaster stop at Michigan’s Adventure, but other hazards & potential health issues can be avoided by following these simple tips:

  • The Sun – Nothing can ruin fun faster than a severe sunburn. Make sure to apply sunscreen before heading to the park and apply it at least every 2 hours while at the park (more often if you’re at a water park). Follow directions and throw away sunscreen past the “use by” date.
  • Hydrate & Fuel Up – Amongst the fun of an amusement park, we often neglect the simple things like staying hydrated and eating. Dehydration can cause headaches, upset stomach, & lethargy which can be a dangerous combination in the hot sun on hot asphalt. Keep pumping fluids and eating small snacks throughout the day.
  • Off-Limits – There’s a reason for the signs stating areas are off-limits. They are there for your protection. Don’t sneak through off-limits areas, it’s just not worth it.
  • You Body Talks – It does! Listen to your body throughout the day and rest when needed. Often we get so wrapped up in trying to do/see everything that we push our bodies to the limit.
  • Don’t Be Silent – If you see a safety hazard or have a concern, talk to a park employee. They cannot resolve a safety issue if they aren’t aware of it.
  • What You Wear – Loose & baggy items, jewelry, free-flowing hair, all of these things could cause harm to yourself and others at the amusement park. Wear comfortable layered clothing (so you can add/remove as the weather dictates), broken-in closed-toe shoes, & leave the baggy stuff at home.
  • Know Your Limits – Most amusement parks have information both online and at the park regarding their rides. They spell out the health risks and restrictions for each ride. Be safe when you ride.
  • Rules, Rules – Rules are there not to be broken, but rather to keep you safe and help you and your family enjoy a day at the amusement park.
  • Have a Plan – Before you even leave, have a plan of action. Make sure all members understand where you are going and what to do when you get separated. Nothing ruins a fun day at the park more than having to search around for lost party members.
  • The Buddy System – This isn’t just a good idea for elementary school field trips. It’s always best to go to an amusement park with at least one other person. This way you can check on each other’s well-being and to have someone there in case something does happen.

 

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Hiking Safety

Hiking Safety

 

All this month we will be sharing tips on how to be safe while enjoying many outdoor activities this summer!

Exploring the outdoors is a wonderful pastime for the Summer months. Just about anywhere you live there are trails or nature paths to check out. There are safety concerns to take under advisement if you are hiking locally or around the world. The appropriately-named Hiking Beginner website has tips for those of us interested in hiking around nature this Summer, many of which mimic those we learned about with the Hunting Safety & Snowmobile Safety podcasts:

  • Don’t Hike Alone – always have someone else (or several) with you when you go hiking. First aid, climbing help, lessening panic, having another person with you can be invaluable.
  • Have a Plan – use well-marked paths or trails to avoid the possibility of getting lost. Though they may not be as “exciting” as charging your own path, it’s much safer that getting lost in the middle of nowhere.
  • Basic Necessities – matches, a “proper” survival knife (one with useful tools), & first aid kit should be in your pack, as well as bottled water/sports drinks & snacks enough for the intended hike.
  • Use Your Noggin – common sense is essential when hiking, don’t get too carried away in the excitement and certainly don’t test limits.

The National Park Service also has a page filled with tips on being safe when hiking. Be safe when enjoying the outdoors this Summer!

 

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Bicycle Safety

Bicycle Safety

 

All this month we will be sharing tips on how to be safe while enjoying many outdoor activities this summer!

More and more people are finding bicycling the go-to activity of choice during the Spring & Summer months. Exercise, fresh air, sunshine are all benefits from getting on your two-wheeler and hitting the paths or trails. The folks over at SafeKids Worldwide have an article on being safe while riding your bike (or trike!):

  • Wear a Helmet – make sure it is a proper fit (snug not tight!) and does not interfere with your ability to see in front of you or to the sides
  • Bike Fit – having the proper bike is important for both safety and comfort. When it comes to kids, purchase a bike that fits them now – not one they can “grow into”.
  • Dress Appropriately – loose clothing can get caught in the chain/spokes, secure loose clothing (like pant legs) if necessary.
  • Ride with Traffic – always remember that riders are to remain on the right side of the road going in the same direction flow as traffic. Never ride against traffic.
  • Use Hand Signals – we posted this video on our agency Facebook page that shows the proper hand signals to use while bicycling.
  • Be Bright at Night – use proper lights, reflectors, & clothing if you are going to ride at dusk or at night. Be visible to motorists & other cyclists.

The article has several other tips, check it out and be safe!

 

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Beach Safety

Beach Safety

 

All this month we will be sharing tips on how to be safe while enjoying many outdoor activities this summer!

 
Summer is peeking around the corner and many people are heading to the beach. This week we wanted to share tips on how to be safe while enjoying the sun & sand!

The Red Cross has tips on what to do when faced with being caught in a rip current:

– Stay calm, don’t fight the current
– Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current
– If you are able, turn and swim to shore
– If you are unable, draw attention by yelling & waving

They also offer other beach safety tips such as:

– Young children & inexperienced swimmers should wear US Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Other types of flotation devices should be used by experienced swimmers only.

– Don’t dive into unknown water headfirst, always protect your neck. Jump in feet first to begin with until you know the depth and have an idea of what obstructions there are.

– Keep an eye on children and elderly persons, even in shallow water.

– Watch out for aquatic life, steer clear of patches of plants and DO NOT touch any animals you come across.

The city of Holland has implemented a new program to let people know when it’s safe to enter the water, check out the video here.

 

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