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6 Solutions for Staying Safe This Summer

By Brandi Goodman 

National Safety Month in June encourages people everywhere to improve their knowledge of safety practices. There are many leading causes of death that could be avoided if people used a little more caution. Summer is a particularly rough time, with many accidental deaths caused by safety concerns not being taken seriously. Follow these six solutions for staying safe this summer to maintain your well-being.

Maintain Your Tires

Car accidents are a common cause of death that can't always be avoided. You may do everything right and yet another person on the road can still cause an accident. You should still do your part to stay safe, though. A blown tire can cause you to swerve on the road. Maintain your tires, in the summer months especially, as the heat can cause them to expand. Regularly check your air pressure and be sure to air up your tires in the morning when it's a bit cooler and you haven't yet been driving on them.

Never Hike Alone

No activity should be done alone, especially hiking. You don't want to be out in the woods and end up falling, unable to get yourself help. Hiking accidents are common in the summer months. Hike with a partner and always pack a light bag with the essential supplies so you can get yourself out of a troubling situation when possible. 

Wear Sunscreen and Seek Shade

Summertime means sunshine. This can be great at times, but it can also be harmful. The sun's UV rays can do damage to the skin. Be sure to wear sunscreen anytime you're outside. It's also important to seek shade regularly and avoid spending hours in the sun's path. This can lead to heat exhaustion and even stroke if you're not careful. 

Keep Pools Fenced and Locked

Drowning is a common accidental death in the summer. This is especially common for children. If you have a pool at home, keep it fenced in and locked so kids cannot get to it without you present. You should always be sure to watch kids by the pool carefully since drowning can occur quickly and without warning.

Stay Inside on High Pollen Days

Respiratory problems are another cause for concern. High pollen days can cause difficulty breathing for many. It's best to avoid being outdoors when this happens so stay inside to stay safe. You can check online to see whether the pollen level is low or if the air quality is poor.

Treat Bites and Stings Promptly

Animals and insects are out and about in the summer. If you ever get bit or stung, don't think it's a minor problem that will hurt for a bit and then be fine. Many poisonous creatures exist that can cause serious harm if they get hold of you. They can also carry and spread disease. Treat bites and stings promptly and do your best to avoid them in the first place with prevention methods, such as using bug spray.

Staying safe is part of maintaining your overall wellness. You can become unhealthy, experience an injury or worse if you don't do your part to stay safe in the world. There are many summer hazards that you should watch out for as you're enjoying your time outdoors. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Henderson, Nev.

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