Summer Safety Tips from NHPHA!

by Nicole Chute, Health Promotion & Communication Specialist, City of Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services

Preparing for New Hampshire’s beautiful summer months is an exciting time, but there are also potential outdoor hazards that can be prevented. To help relieve stress and keep yourself, your family, and your community safe, we encourage practicing the following summer safety tips.

Water Safety

Drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages one to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. Thankfully, parents and caregivers can play a key role in protecting the children they love around water!

  1. Learn life-saving skills. Everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating and moving through the water) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  2. Fence it off. Install a four-sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around swimming pools to help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. 

  3. Make life jackets a must. Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around bodies of water, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too.

  4. Be on the lookout. When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Because drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol or drugs.

 Extreme Heat Safety

Although heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Prevent heat-related illness by staying cool, staying hydrated, and staying informed. Everyone should also learn the symptoms and what to do if someone shows signs of having a heat-related illness. Signs of heatstroke include high body temperature, fast and strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. If someone is experiencing these signs in heat, call 911 right away, move the person to a cooler place, help the person cool down with a wet cloth, and do not give the person anything to drink. Learn more about extreme heat safety from the CDC.

Sun Protection

UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Do you use skin protection?The American Academy of Dermatology encourages individuals to practice safe sun when spending time outdoors. To reduce the risk of skin cancer, seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30+. Sunscreen is safe and can protect your skin, however, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly. To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. Learn more about how to effectively apply sunscreen here.

Tick Prevention

An estimated three-quarters of all Lyme disease cases are acquired from ticks picked up during activities around the home. Children aged two to 13 are particularly at risk. Don’t let a little tick become a big problem! The best way to protect yourself and your family from ticks is to prevent them from being on your body; inspect yourself, your children, and pets for ticks after being outside; and remove any tick you find. Wearing tick-repellent clothing, tucking long pants into socks, having long sleeves, using insect repellent, and staying to the center of paths, is the best way for people to prevent tick bites when they venture outdoors. Learn more about keeping your family safe from ticks at Tick Free NH!
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