Monday, May 14, 2018

Temperatures are beginning to climb and summer is around the corner. As you make your summertime plans to head to the pool, lake or river, keep these water safety tips in mind to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • Learn to swim and teach children to swim.
  • Wear a life jacket. Do not use foam noodles, inner tubes or water wings in place of a life jacket.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Closely supervise children around water. Make sure to put an enclosure around swimming pools and hot tubs to keep children safe.
  • Swim in a lifeguarded area or with a buddy.

Don’t forget to protect your skin by wearing a hat and applying a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher 15 minutes before going outside — whether it is sunny or cloudy. Reapply sunscreen every hour and after swimming or sweating.

It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids while outside and stay in the shade as much as possible to avoid extreme heat and sun damage. Throughout the summer, use DEET-based bug repellents to protect against ticks and mosquitoes, which can transmit Lyme disease, West Nile virus and Zika virus. Ask your provider to determine if repellents can be used on young children.

If your summer doesn’t go exactly as planned and you need some medical advice, Norman Regional has you covered. Log on to Norman Regional Virtual Care and visit with a provider any time from the comfort of your home, office or vacation retreat in Oklahoma. It’s quick, convenient and only costs $45 for each visit.