Summer is a great time to get outside and have some fun. However, it can also be a time where injuries are more common, especially if you’re not careful.

That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants to share some insight on staying safe this summer.

What Can I Do to Stay Safe?

Summer brings lots of sun and fun, but it also brings some hazards, too. But you can take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Apply sunscreen and insect repellent before spending time outdoors. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to remain well-hydrated in the summer heat. Seek shade when possible to avoid the direct rays and heat of the sun.

Most Common Summer Medical Conditions

  • Playground injuries
  • Water-related injuries
  • Lawnmower injuries
  • Burns, including sunburn
  • Biking or skating injuries
  • Insect bites or stings

Can Swimming Be Dangerous?

In short, yes. While it’s loads of fun, anytime you’re near water, there’s an increased risk of drowning and related injuries.

Your best step to minimize risk around water is to always use the buddy system. Never swim alone—and make certain that an adult is always close to any child in water, no matter how deep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a strong swimmer be within arm’s length of anyone who doesn’t swim well or is under age 12.

Swimming Safety

  • Take swim lessons if you don’t know how to swim.
  • Stop swimming during bad weather.
  • Avoid swimming at night.
  • Swim only when someone else is nearby.
  • Always actively supervise children who are swimming.

Experiencing a sunburn, sprained ankle or other hazard of summer? Visit the AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway team today—no appointment is necessary.