Keep your family safe and healthy with these outdoor tips and precautions.
In the summer months, you and your family will likely spend more time outside. While being out in the fresh air is great, the outdoors present some unique and sometimes dangerous situations.
In the Florida sun, it doesn't take long to become overwhelmed by the heat. The key to beating the heat is awareness and planning ahead. If you're planning to spend time outside, have water and other drinks on hand so everyone can rehydrate. More importantly, know the symptoms of heat exhaustion so you can respond before someone is overcome by heat stroke, which are:
- Profuse sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
If someone appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion, get them to the shade to cool off and have them drink water. If the symptoms continue, seek medical attention.
Don't be bugged
No one wants to go home covered in bug bites. Plan ahead by packing insect repellent. Keep away from brightly colored and floral printed clothing that will attract insects. Avoid areas where insects are swarming and wear clothing that covers your skin as much as possible.
Know about snake bites
A bite from a venomous snake is a medical emergency. Try your best to know a little about the venomous snakes indigenous to Florida. If someone is bitten by a snake and you are unsure if it's venomous, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. If you plan to spend any time in areas known for having a presence of snakes, consider carrying a snake bite kit.
Oak Hill Hospital wishes you a safe and happy summer! If you have any health-related questions or need a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120.