Summer Safety Do’s & Dont’s

HEAT INJURY PREVENTION

• Drink plenty of water

• Avoid heavy meals

• Wear appropriate clothing 

• Use sunscreen

• Keep areas well ventilated

• Schedule outdoor activities during the cooler part of the day

• Monitor those at risk

• Use common sense

HEAT CRAMPS

CAUSE
Excessive loss of salt from the body

SYMPTOMS
Painful cramps of the major muscle groups (arms, legs, or stomach)

TREATMENT
Provide cool water – shade – monitor 

HEAT EXHAUSTION

CAUSE
Excessive loss of salt and water in the body

SYMPTOMS
Profuse sweating – headache – paleness – weakness – nausea – cool moist skin – tingling sensation in extremities

TREATMENT
Provide water – shade – elevate feet – monitor seek medical attention immediately 

HEAT STROKE

CAUSE
The body’s heat regulatory mechanism stops

SYMPTOMS
Headache – dizziness – delirium – weakness – nausea – red, hot skin – unconsciousness 

TREATMENT
MEDICAL EMERGENCY!! Cool shaded area – soak clothing and fan – elevate feet – massage extremities 

Water Safety

Drownings
• Are a leading cause of death 

• Most often occur during off-duty recreational swimming in unauthorized swimming areas after dark

• Frequently related to alcohol use

Be Safe around Water

Boating Mishaps
Most boating mishaps involve capsizing, falls overboard and collisions.  About 90% of all fatalities are caused by drowning, and in nearly all cases personal floatation (PFD’s) were NOT used.

Water Safety Risk Management Pointer

Drinking + Water = Trouble

POV SAFETY

Factors that influence our risk:
• Speed

• Fatigue

• ALCOHOL

• Distractions 

• Seatbelt Use

Vehicle accidents are #1 killer

Alcohol
The intoxicated driver is 15x more likely to be involved in a crash and to be fatally injured than a sober driver.  About 48%of all traffic fatalities involve an intoxicated or alcohol impaired person.

Seatbelts
Seatbelts prevent deaths in 62% of all potentially fatal crashes.  Add an air bag to the buckled seatbelt and you increase your odds of surviving the crash to 47%

Don’t take a Risk, wait to respond; they’ll thank you for it when you arrive, ALIVE!

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