Top Tips for Avoiding the ER This Summer

Summertime is here, and with it comes the sun, the beach and more time spent outside. That means more chances for accidents to happen. Visits to hospital emergency rooms increase by 20 percent in the summertime, but many can be prevented. Health problems and injuries linked to summertime activities can be avoided with some simple precautions.

It’s a hot one! The hot summer sun can cause sunburn, dehydration and even heat stroke. When going in the sun, plan accordingly. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply every two hours. Keep in mind that sand and water reflect UV rays and will cause you to sunburn more quickly.

If you are exercising outside, try to do so in the early morning or early evening to avoid excessive heat exposure. Also, children and adults should stay hydrated in the hot weather by drinking water every 20 minutes. Wear light-colored clothing to stay cooler in the sun.

Splash! The pool and beach are great ways to cool down and have fun during summer months, but always be cautious with young children around water. Never leave children unattended at the pool or beach. Consider installing a gate with a lock around your pool to keep small children out. Keep rescue equipment such as a shepherd’s hook and life preserver close by. Always stay within an arm’s length of infants and toddlers in the water—even if they are wearing a life vest.

Creepy crawlers. Being in the great outdoors means putting up with pesky mosquitos and other bugs. Insect repellant and citronella candles can help ward off mosquitos, but some bug bites can’t be prevented as easily. Always wear shoes in the yard and be careful to avoid ant hills. If you are going to be in a wooded area, always check for ticks afterward.

Backyard BBQ. Barbecues and picnics are a lot of fun, but you should take caution when serving food outdoors. Make sure it is always covered and kept cold or hot until consumed. Always place leftovers in the fridge when everyone finishes eating. Eating food that has been left out can cause gastrointestinal illnesses.

Whatever your choice of fun is this summer—be it the beach, the pool or a hike in the park—make sure you play safe by planning for your outing.

Join us this Sunday for a special Spirit Girls Day with Dad!

We will discuss emergency medicine and preventative tips to stay away from the ER this summer. We will tour the emergency room and get to see some of the lifesaving equipment and even our robot! The ER nurses here at The Medical Center of Plano will teach you first aid tips and other tricks that can help you stay safe this summer.

Dads and daughters are sure to have fun at this special afternoon event on Sunday, June 19, 2011, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, call (214) 473-7317 or email


Summer Safety for You and Your Kids (WebMd)

2011 Summer Safety Tips (AAP)

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