It’s summer, the season of outdoor activities and fun. And it’s also the season when most of you are planning where to spend the vacation? Well, you should also plan what to take with you for yours and your family’s safety. Whether you’re camping or cottaging, going for an all inclusive summer vacation at the sea side or for a cultural travel, accidents can happen when you least expect them. In summer you probably tend to let your guard down and that’s why it’s very important to prepare yourself with these summer safety tips:
1. Prepare a first aid kit to take with you in your vacation. You can purchase a basic first-aid kit at your local store, in which case it will be best to add some materials to it to make sure that you are well prepared in case of emergency. Your first aid kit should contain sunscreen, bandages and dressings, cloth tape, scissors, tweezers (a must for dealing with slivers), Polysporin, antihistamines (ie. Benadryl), cold packs, insect repellant, sun hat, sunglasses, a thermal water spray and an index card with emergency contact numbers.
2. Stay indoors when possible, especially during midday, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air. If you can’t stay indoors, at least seek shade.
3. When you notice a minor allergic reactions (mosquito bites, bee stings, poison ivy), first of all you should wash the area with soap and water in order to remove lingering irritant from the skin. Then you should apply an antihistamine to take down the itch and turn off the reaction. However, if you or any member of your family has a severe allergy, be sure to have an epi-pen on hand and make sure that they carry one with them.
4. Cuts, scrapes, bumps and bruises: first of all you have to control the bleeding and only then clean the area with soap and water. The next step is to apply an antibiotic cream and finish with a bandaid to keep the area clean.
5. Eat safe foods. Whether you plan to grill on the patio or picnic in the park, be sure to eat balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables and always refrigerate the foods as soon as possible and never eat leftovers that stayed in the sun or exposed to the heat.
Believe it or not, these five major summer safety tips will make the difference between an emergency and a minor problem.