Summer activities increase need for common-sense safety awareness

Submitted by Con Olson, MICT, Osage County EMS

During National Safety Month, you can help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like swimming and bicycle safety, along with slips, trips and falls.

Accidental injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages. They are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.

Swim safety: Warm weather and summer vacations bring more time at the pool and area lakes.  Swimming is a great exercise and lots of fun, but it’s important to know how to be safe while in the water:

  • Swim in designated areas.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Never leave a young child near water, unattended or with another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear approved life jackets around water.
  • Maintain constant supervision.
  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers.
  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 911.

Bicycles: School is out and kids are on the move.  Biking is a great way to exercise and have some recreational family time.  A simple bike wreck can leave you with scrapes and bruises or a serious, life-threatening injury.  You don’t have to be an overprotective parent for safety, just follow a few simple tips that will help improve your safety:

  • Ride a bike that’s the right size for you.
  • Check the brakes before you ride.
  • Always wear a bike helmet and other safety gear.
  • Wear bright colors and reflective tape.
  • Ride in the same direction as cars and observe all traffic laws.

Slips, trips, and falls: One in three older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems. You don’t have to be afraid of falling. Take these steps to prevent falls:

  • Exercise to improve your balance and leg strength.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications. Some medicines can make you dizzy or sleepy which increases your chance of falling.
  • Make your home safer. For example, add railings to both sides of the stairs and in the bathroom.  Move trip hazards such as power cords or throw rugs. Wear non-slip socks or install non-slip mats on floors and bathtubs or shower floors.

First Aid: Remember common sense and a few safety precautions will go a long way to keep everyone safe this summer.  If there is an injury;

  • Call 911 for assistance, the emergency dispatcher will be able to instruct you in providing basic first aid until the fire department or ambulance arrives.
  • Don’t move an injured person unless absolutely necessary to prevent further injury.
  • To stop bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure, using gauze. If blood soaks through, add more gauze, keeping the first layer in place. Continue to apply pressure.
  • If something is impaled in the body, don’t remove it.
  • Keep a first aid kit available at home and in your car.

If you’re interested in taking a first aid course, contact Osage County EMS at 785-528-1139.

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