101 Critical Days Of Summer...Safety Tips

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101 Critical Days Of Summer...Safety Tips

  1. 1. SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
  2. 2. Be water-savvyIn 2006, males were three times more likely than females todie from unintentional drownings in the United States.Alcohol use is involved in up to half of adolescent and adultdeaths associated with water recreation. Tips• Learn how to swim. Never swim alone• Wear your life jacket while boating• Avoid alcoholic beverages while boating• Watch children in and around water• If you have a swimming pool at your home, install a four- sided isolation pool fence Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  3. 3. Keep your cool in the sunSun protection is important all year round, not just during the summer orat the beach. Take steps to help prevent skin cancer and other conditions.Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many peoplesuccumb to extreme heat each year. Take steps to lower your risk for heat-related illness. Tips• When possible, avoid outdoor activities during midday, when the suns rays are strongest.• Cover up with clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect exposed skin.• Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids• Seek shade.• Wear sunscreen and lip screen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Remember to reapply it as needed. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  4. 4. Leave fireworks to the professionalsAbout 47% (nearly half) of persons injured from fireworks are youngpeople under twenty years of age. Injuries are most commonlyassociated with fire-crackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets. Tips• Leave firework displays to trained professionals• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks• If using fireworks, have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  5. 5. Be safeDrivers and passengers can cut their risk of dying in a crash by half simplyby buckling up. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passengercars by 71% for infants, and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years. Forchildren 4 to 7 years, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared tosafety belts alone. Tips• Wear a safety belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle• Buckle your child using a child safety seat, booster seat, or safety belt appropriate for his/her age and size• Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or let someone drive who is• Wear a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle, skating, or playing in contact sports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  6. 6. Fight the biteTo lower your risk for West Nile Virus, avoid mosquito bites whenyou spend time outside working or playing. The risk of severe illnessand death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people ofall ages can become ill. Tips• Use mosquito repellent• Install or repair window and door screens• Eliminate mosquito breeding sites Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  7. 7. Practice proper pet careYour relationship with your pet enriches your life. However, there are afew important tips to keep in mind when you own a pet. Some animalscan carry germs that may be transmitted to people. Tips• Pick the right pet for your family• Wash your hands thoroughly after petting your pet• Get your pet early, regular, and life-long veterinary care• Avoid ticks on dogs and cats• Prevent rabies Rabies• Teach children how to properly care for pets• Spay and neuter your pets• Keep wildlife wild Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  8. 8. Prevent sexually transmitted infectionsSexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS, remain a majorchallenge in the United States. In 2005, almost three quarters of HIV/AIDSdiagnoses were for male adolescents and adults. Tips:• The surest way to avoid transmission is to abstain from sexual intercourse• Be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected• Use latex condoms. Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of certain diseases• Get tested Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  9. 9. Eat healthy and safe foodsWhether you plan to grill on the patio or picnic in the park, be sure to eatbalanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetableshave important vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you fromsome chronic diseases. Foodborne disease is caused by consumingcontaminated foods or beverages.An estimated 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in theUnited States. Most of these cases are mild and cause symptoms for a day ortwo, but some cases are more serious and require hospitalization. Tips• Eat plenty fruits and vegetables daily• Wash your hands before eating or preparing food• Cook all foods to the proper temperatures• Refrigerate foods promptly• Handle and prepare food safely Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  10. 10. Be physically activeThe summer is a great time to play outdoor games, garden, or walk. Start a newroutine that combines fun and physical activity. Active people are less likelythan inactive people to be obese or to have high blood pressure, diabetes,osteoporosis, coronary artery disease and stroke, depression, colon cancer, andpremature death. Tips• Adults should get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most, preferably all, days of the week• Children and adolescents should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most, preferably all, days of the week• Start at an easy pace and increase time and distance gradually• Dont overdo it. Prevent injuries• If you have Health Risks; see Provider first before starting new exercise activities Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov
  11. 11. Be preparedTake steps to prepare yourself and your family for severe weather and naturaldisasters before they happen. Learn how to cope and recover when disasterstrikes. Tips• Make an emergency plan and stock supplies ahead of time.• Learn about your communitys emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters• Identify potential home hazards, and know how to secure or protect them before a disaster strikes• Accept your own reactions and those of people around you• Locate and secure your important papers, insurance policies, wills, licenses, passports, and birth certificates. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov

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