Summer months are upon us, and with them come all sorts of safety issues. The following tips reference a few of these hazards:
If you are allergic to bee stings, you need to carry an EpiPen with you to counteract the reaction. Contact your family doctor to obtain one of these devices. When stung by a bee, remove the stinger first, as it can keep injecting more poison into your body. Do this by scraping the stinger off with your fingernail or a credit card. Finally, ice the bite area to reduce swelling and drink plenty of water.
“Leaves of three, leave it be!” Poison ivy/oak leaves usually have leaves of three, and their leaf oil causes an allergic reaction. If you contact poison ivy/oak, wash your skin immediately with soap and water. Take an antihistamine to reduce itching.
Heat-related illnesses need to be taken seriously. Symptoms include: fatigue, heat cramps, swelling of the brain, seizures, low blood pressure, kidney failure, and possibly coma.
To prevent heat-related illnesses:
Drink plenty of water, eat fruits and vegetables, and use precautions when doing strenuous work in hot, humid weather. Enjoy the summer months with your family, but remember to watch out for the above hazards.