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June is National Safety Month

In 1996, the National Safety Council (NSC) established June as National Safety Month in the United States. The goal of Summer Safety Month is to increase public awareness of the leading safety and health risks that are increased in the summer months to decrease the number of injuries.

Anyone can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Follow these summer safety tips, like taking extra breaks and drinking lots of water.

Moderating your exposure to heat goes beyond reapplying sunscreen and covering up.

Follow along for 4 tips to stay safe and prevent any injuries!

    1.Stay Hydrated
  • Drink lots of water to remain hydrated especially as we approach summer.
  • 2.Protect Your Skin
  • Sunscreen is super important and recommended to be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.
  • 3.Eye Safety
  • The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light can harm the eyes. Wear sunglasses year-round whenever you are out in the sun.
  • 4.Sports Safety
  • Stretching and warming up is crucial before participating in a sport or physical activities. Be sure to hydrate accordingly and stretch!

The following are heat-related illnesses to look out for.

  • Heat Stroke:
  • Heat stroke occurs when the ability to sweat fails and body temperature rises to a dangerous level quickly. It’s often fatal or results in organ damage. Someone experiencing heatstroke will have very hot skin and an altered mental state.
  • Heat Exhaustion:
  • When the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water, heat exhaustion sets in. People who work outdoors and athletes are very susceptible. Symptoms are similar to the flu, and include severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, diarrhea.
  • Heat Cramps:
  • Heat cramps are muscle spasms usually affecting the legs or abdominals, often after physical activity. Excessive sweating reduces salt levels in the body, resulting in heat cramps.

For more info and tips of National Safety Month check out:

https://www.chcw.org/june-is-summer-safety-month/

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