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Fun in the Sun 

Seven Tips to Stay Safe This Summer

Picnics in the park. Barbecuing after 7 p.m. Playing in the pool. When you think of summer, fun comes to mind. But what about the hazards that warm weather can bring? Follow these seven tips from Becky Chandler, M.D., a family medicine physician at Baylor Medical Center at Garland, to ensure safe fun all summer long.

  1. Slather up. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (such as Anthelios® or Neutrogena Helioplex®) 30 minutes before going outside. Choose one with an SPF of 30 or greater and reapply 1 ounce at least every two hours.
  2. Stay hydrated. Sip water throughout the day, whether you're thirsty or not, and always carry a bottle with you.
  3. Look before you mow. Check the lawn for holes, glass, rocks and other objects before mowing.
  4. Never swim solo. Use the buddy system when going to the pool or the lake. And enroll in a CPR class—just in case an emergency happens.
  5. Assign an adult. It goes without saying to watch kids around water, but accidents can happen even when multiple adults are around. Assign one adult to stay near the pool to keep an eye on the kids at all times.
  6. Wash it off. If you come in contact with poison ivy, poison oak or sumac, immediately wash the affected area as well as your clothing with laundry detergent to help prevent the rash from spreading.
  7. Pack a first-aid kit. Whether heading out for a long drive, hike or camping trip, always have a first-aid kit handy.

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Better Safe than Sorry

If you experience any type of emergency this summer—big or small—head to Baylor Medical Center at Garland's emergency department. Call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit us online to learn more.