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Summer weather is approaching. Here are some tips from the 

 American Red Cross to keep your outdoor activities fun and safe.

Water Safety

Every year in the United States there are an estimated: 4,000* fatal unintentional drownings—that is an average of 11 drowning deaths per day, so water safety is critically important. Prioritize learn to swim classes for everyone and prevent unsupervised access to water.

Camping Safety

Always pack a first aid kit when you go camping. Share your travel plans with family, a friend, or a neighbor and make sure to bring nutritious food and water. Consider taking a Red Cross First Aid and CPR Course. You can download the American Red Cross first aid app for your phone. If help is delayed, access to this app could be life saving.

Picnic Safety

Summer is a great time to get outside for a picnic. Follow these safety tips to prevent illness and keep everyone safe:

  • Wash your hands, utensils and workstation before preparing the food.

  • Separate uncooked meats, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods like salads, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and desserts.

  • Use separate plates and utensils to prevent cross-contamination.

  • Bring hand sanitizer if your picnic site doesn’t have hand-washing facilities.

Safety at the Beach

Watch the weather and get out of the water when there is thunder or lightening. Stay indoors till 30 minutes after the thunder and lightening has stopped. Only swim at beaches with lifeguards in the designated swim areas. All boaters, children, and inexperienced swimmers should wear approved flotation devices.         

Mosquitoes and Ticks

Outside summer activities make us more vulnerable to bites by mosquitoes and ticks. It is especially important to be vigilant of blacklegged ticks, more commonly known as deer ticks. Use insect repellents containing DEET. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks or boots.

  • Use a rubber band or tape to hold pants against socks so that nothing can get under clothing.

  •  Avoid underbrush and tall grass.

  • Check yourself several times during the day. Check in hairy areas of the body like the back of the neck and the scalp line.

  • ​​Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying sources of standing water outside of the home. 

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Talk to a NETWORK NURSE about about any questions or

concerns you have about your health or your access to care.                               Call (847) 395-2809  X  2


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* The information offered here is for educational and informational purposes only. The content of this site in no way is to be substituted for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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