Summer has arrived. With National CPR & AED Awareness week taking place last month, it is the perfect time to review summer safety in general. Students are out of school, families are on the road, and people, in general, are starting to enjoy the outdoors as the weather finally gets warmer. However, as activity increases so do the odds of encountering a medical emergency. But what, exactly, should everyone keep in mind as this pleasant weather leads to increased activity?
General Health and Emergency Tips
Take CPR and First Aid Training – A tip that covers every form of summer or outdoor/exercise activity is simply to take CPR and First Aid Training. This is because timely aid drastically increases the odds that a victim will survive a medical event. To promote public safety and to help familiarize individuals with emergency procedures, SOS Technologies actually offers CPR training. To sign up for a course, visit the page SOS Technologies CPR Classes.
Have Emergency Contact Numbers on Hand – While 9-11 is a universal number that can be contacted in the event of a security, health, or fire emergency, many individuals don’t have ready access to the phone numbers for their doctors, pharmacists, and other health professionals. By keeping these additional numbers on a phone or on a written card, they can retrieve details that relate to their prescriptions or medical history on the go.
Swimming Safety Tips
Swimming is one of the best ways to get exercise, as it works out the muscles without putting additional strain on the back or joints. There are, however, some inherent risks that crop up whenever anyone hits the pool or the beach. By following a few basic tips, these risks can be partially mitigated:
Children Should Always Ask for Permission to Enter the Water – It’s always wise to get children into the habit of asking for permission before they go swimming. This is because many drowning cases involve situations where juveniles have entered a pool, dock, or other swimming areas without first informing an adult of their plans. By making it clear to children that they must ask for permission to go swimming, adults condition them to think of swimming as an activity that requires extra care and supervision. Adults should also always monitor any youth who is swimming and stay in the immediate area in the event that an incident occurs.
Use the ‘Buddy’ System – Even adults who are experienced swimmers can occasionally encounter problems while in the water. A partner, however, can rescue a drowning swimmer, perform CPR, or even get help from others during an emergency.
Always Check the Depth of a Swimming Area – To avoid serious head and neck injuries, swimmers should always check the depth of a diving area and dive with their hands outstretched. Swimmers should never dive head-first.
Be Familiar with a Swimming Area – Are there any currents near a swimming area? Submerged objects like sunken tree limbs or jagged rocks? Is it a frequent location for motorboat activity? These, and similar questions should always be asked of any swimming area. Likewise, swimmers should always check to see if a swimming pool or designated swimming area is equipped with an AED device or manned by a lifeguard.
Sports Safety Tips
Always Use Proper Equipment at Little League Games – Baseball is America’s national pastime; however, it should be enjoyed responsibly. This means that both adults and children should wear helmets while batting and tend to any cuts that occur while sliding into a base. It’s also advised that little league teams have AED units that have been designed for use with children on hand.
Take a Time-Out if needed at the Court – A summer pick-up game of basketball, volleyball, or tennis can equate to both fun and a good workout, however, individuals should always pace themselves and know their limits.
Take Emergency Equipment to Any Youth Sports Event – Baseball isn’t the only youth sport that’s played over the summer. Schools, park districts, youth leagues, camps, and other organizations that host and manage sporting events should have individuals trained in CPR as well as equipment like AED devices on hand whenever they host a game or tournament.
Race and Marathon Tips
Run in Officiated Marathons – An area of sports that deserves its own special focus while discussing summer safety is marathon running. Heat stroke, heart attack, and other difficulties are far more likely to occur while engaged in strenuous, long-distance running than during normal exercise, so it’s essential that runners participate in marathons that are properly staffed and equipped. An official marathon should always have EMTs and AED equipment on hand.
Drop Out if Necessary – While runners may feel a need to complete a marathon once it has begun, such a demand is really only self-imposed. If a runner starts to feel ill while running a marathon, they should always seek medical attention.
Prepare for a Marathon – Continuous running for up to 26 miles is not something the average person can do without proper training and conditioning. It’s for this reason that anyone who intends to engage in such a race should always take the time to build up their stamina and strength.
Tell Others of Your Trail Plans – Before setting out on a hike or camping trip, adventurers should always tell a third party of not only where they intend to go, but also when they expect to return home.
Know Your Trail – Are there any special hazards in the way of a long hike? Any dangerous animals in the area? Both are questions hikers and campers should ask themselves before setting off into the woods.
Pack Emergency Equipment and Supplies – Just as a portable AED can save a life in the event that cardiac arrest occurs when professional medical help is not readily available, equipment like flares, transponders, and bandaging can turn out to be essential during a hiking emergency too.
While fairly extensive, these are still only a few tips families and individuals should keep in mind while enjoying the summer weather. SOS Technologies always encourages everyone to use common sense, be mindful of local restrictions/regulations, and keep up-to-date emergency medical equipment, such as portable AED units, on hand. To order a new AED or AED accessory, call 888.705.6100 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org today!