Parish Nurse Health Tips for July 2, 2017

Parish Nurse Health Tips for 07-02-17

Summer is here! It is time to share some summer health and safety tips as we get outside or do projects indoors.  A few simple precautions can help make the summertime fun and safe:

The Sun is shining brightly!

It is so easy to take a few minutes to reduce your risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

Sunscreen and lip balm with at least SPF 30. Make sure to apply frequently!

Wear sun glasses with a high UV rating (100 is the best), and brimmed head covering.

About the outdoors…

There is so much to do outdoors, but a bit of common sense is in order to make it safer:

Learn to identify poisonous plants, such as poison ivy, oak or sumac and share that knowledge with your children at an early age.

Ticks can be found around our area, so it is important to check your body after being in areas where they might be found, and know how to deal with one if you find it on your body.

Bicycling and other wheeled sport activities…

Always, always, always wear a helmet!

To protect the brain and skull from serious injury, wear a helmet during any activity that involves wheels, concrete or asphalt.

Make sure the helmet is fitted properly and check frequently to assure continued fit.

Water sport safety…

Encourage learning basic swimming skills, read any posted rules before entering the water.

It is encouraged that all young children wear some type of life jacket.

Never leave a child or someone who cannot swim alone and unsupervised.

All this sounds very simple, and it is…if we take time to do it right…from the beginning.  It is an easy thing to forget some of the basics, so a review is always a refreshing way to show that you are willing and eager to take care of the body that God has given to you.

 Blessed July 4!  Be safe!  Live in His protecting hand as you enjoy summer.

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace, peaceparishnurse@comcast.net