Summer might be coming to a close, but there’s still plenty of time for swimming, barbecuing and dining outdoors. The following tips will help you enjoy the last few weeks of the season in the safest way possible.
Watch What You Touch
Try to avoid dangerous plants like poison oak, ivy and sumac. If someone touches one of these plants, rinse the area as soon as possible with soap and running water for at least five minutes.
Beware of Bugs
Insect stings can cause serious problems (even death) for those with allergies. Go to the hospital immediately if you are stung and develop hives, dizziness, swelling around the eyes or mouth, or have trouble breathing.
Check the label when buying insect repellent. Select only those that are safe for the age of the user.
Keep Dangerous Liquids Away From Children
Lighter fluid, lamp oils and gasoline can be deadly if swallowed. Watch children and pets closely at all times when these are being used.
Keep Certain Essentials Outdoors
Only use camp stoves, grills and generators outside. Never use them in buildings or tents.
Store Pool Chemicals Properly
Inhaling chlorine products can irritate the respiratory system. If you have a pool, be sure all chemicals are stored in a safe and secure place.
Avoid Leaving Food Exposed
When having a picnic, store and reheat food at the proper temperatures. Do not leave food out at room temperature (or warmer) for more than two hours. Leaving food out may cause food poisoning. Signs of food poisoning include fever, headache, diarrhea, stomach pains, nausea and vomiting.
Even with the best care, accidents can still happen. If you suspect a poisoning, call the 24-Hour Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222. If the situation is serious or life-threatening, dial 911 or head to your local emergency room immediately.