Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a time for family fun and enjoying the outdoors. Cottage Health wants to offer these tips to help keep you stay safe this summer season.

Small brown snake slithering on a trail

Snake Bites

If bitten by a snake seek medical help right away. Since all snake bites are different, keep the bitten area below the heart to prevent the venom from spreading and stay calm.

Rattlesnake warning sign near a trail

Snake Bites

Don’t tightly wrap the area or take any aspirin as it can make the bleeding worse. Don’t put any ointments onto the bite.

Snake swimming in a stream

Snake Bites

To prevent snake bites, don’t camp near swamps or streams and if you see a snake slowly back away.

Snake swimming in a stream

Stingrays

  • If you get stung by a stingray, soak the injured area in water as hot as you can stand for 60-90 minutes and seek medical help right away.
  • To avoid getting stung by stingrays, shuffle your feet in the water but do not stomp on the ground as it can trigger the stingrays and increase your chance in getting stung.
Mother placing child in a rear facing car seat

Car Safety

Children under the age of two are required to ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat, however they should remain rear-facing until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

Two children seating in the secind row of a mini van. Each in a booster seat.

Car Safety

Once your child has outgrown the weight limits of a five point harness, transition them to a booster seat. Keep children in a booster seat until they reach the weight requirements and are at least 4’9” tall and big enough to fit in a seatbelt properly. Children that are correctly fitted in the proper seat are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash compared to children that are not in the correct seat.

Man sitting in driver seat with a properly fitting seatbelt

Car Safety

A seat belt should fit properly with the lap belt low on the hips, touching the upper thighs, knees bending over the seat edge, and the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest in order to prevent serious injuries.

Child smiling and riding a bicycle with his helmet on.

Helmet Safety

Wearing a helmet is the best protection to prevent head injuries.

Man at a store choosing a helmet to purchase

Helmet Safety

Never buy second hand helmets; it could be too old to protect your head. In order to prevent injuries make sure to go into the store when purchasing a helmet to ensure a proper fit.

Photo of poison oak on a tree

Poison Oak

Seek emergency help if you are having a difficult time swallowing/breathing or have swelling near the eyes or face.

Woman with a poison oak rash on her back

Poison Oak

Treat poison oak by removing contaminated clothing and washing the exposed area with cold water for 10 minutes.

Ointment being rubbed on hands with a rash

Poison Oak

In order to ease the itchiness apply calamine lotion or take an oatmeal bath. Call your doctor if the rash doesn't go away within a week or two.

Child wearing a life jacket floating in the water

Water Safety

When children are in the water make sure that you have an experienced swimmer committed to watch your children and always have unexperienced swimmers wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.

Family on inner tubes floating in the water

Water Safety

Make sure to stay away from any animals and plants.

Rip tide warning sign at a beach

Water Safety

If you are caught up in a rip current make sure to swim parallel to the shore. If you can’t swim towards the shore, float or tread water until you feel you are out of the rip current.

Dog owner squirting water from a bottle into the dog's mouth

Pet Safety

Pets can get dehydrated very quickly, especially when it’s hot outside so be sure to give your pet plenty of water and do not over exercise them.

Dog running with owner standing behind him

Pet Safety

Watch for warning signs of your pet overheating such as excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, mild weakness, seizure, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

Dog looking out the window of a car

Pet Safety

Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle as it can lead to heart stroke. In order to prevent heat stroke, give your dog a hair cut up to one inch to prevent overheating. Don’t let your pet linger on hot asphalt as it can burn their paw pads and heat their body very quickly.

Child in back seat of a car with the window all the way down

Kids in Hot Cars

Never leave your child in a hot car no matter if it’s a quick stop or if the windows are down as a car can reach up to 30-40 degrees hotter than the temperature outside.

Dashboard themometer reading 97 degrees

Kids in Hot Cars

Heat stroke may occur when the body temperature passes 104 Fahrenheit. Some symptoms include dizziness, disorientation, sluggishness, agitation, seizures and sometimes death.

Kids sleeping in the back seat of a car

Kids in Hot Cars

Some parents can forget that they have children in the back seat of the car. In order to prevent that from happening, place your work bag in the back seat with your child or leave your child’s bag next to you.

Young girl wearing a helmet standing on a skateboard with her hands raised

Skateboards

In California anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a skateboard.

Dad holding young girl's hand while riding a skateboard

Skateboards

Make sure to supervise your children when skating/riding and don’t allow your children to ride on the street.

Close up shot of a girl's shoes standing on a skateboard

Skateboards

Don’t let your children to wear long loose clothing when skating/riding as they can caught on wheels and possibly lead to concussions.

A trail leading through tall weeds and flowers

Staying On the Hiking Path

Trails are designed to give you maximum exposure to nature, however, they are also designed to make sure you do minimal damage to the environment. By staying on the trails, you are helping to preserve trails for future generations to enjoy.

A person walking along a trail

Staying On the Hiking Path

Do not use short cuts as your footprints can disrupt the natural process and may destroy food sources. Be careful were you step as your actions have long lasting affects.

Young girl bicycling on a sidewalk next to a road

Driver Awareness for Bicycles

Watch out for children on bikes as many are unaware of traffic laws.

Cyclist riding on a road at night

Driver Awareness for Bicycles

Ride with your lights on at night as many cars can’t see bikes in the dark. Use hand turn signals when changing lanes to give cars a heads up.

 

 


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