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Bright Ideas: Your guide to summer safety

Brilliant blue skies, a refreshing dip in the pool, and fresh-squeezed lemonade. These are images of summer at its best. Unfortunately, they’re not all the season has to offer. Summer can also present its hazards, making this a good time for a quick safety review from St. Rose Dominican experts.

Lance Allgower Web

Lance Allgower, DO


Tips from an emergency room doctor – Lance Allgower, DO, Emergency Medicine Physician

Alcohol. Remember, it doesn’t mix with driving, boating, or swimming.

Bites and stings. To help keep bees and other stinging insects away, avoid wearing brightly colored clothing and don’t use perfume or scented soaps. Cover food and drinks at outdoor events. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use an insect repellent containing DEET, especially at night. Follow the instructions on the label. If using an insect repellent on kids, keep in mind that it should only contain 30 percent DEET, and never use it on babies.

Dehydration. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid, and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks that can act as diuretics.

Heat illness. For prevention, dress in lightweight clothes and do strenuous activities when it’s coolest (early morning and after sunset). Seek out air conditioning when you can. Consider postponing or canceling outdoor activities in extreme heat.

Life jackets. They are smart attire for all boaters, even those who know how to swim.

Swimming. Always swim with a buddy. Avoid swimming in canals or fast-moving water.

Tips from a nutrition expert – Sherry Poinier, Registered Dietitian

Grilling. Barbecue meat to an appropriate minimum internal temperature to kill bacteria (steak to 145 degrees; hamburger, 160 degrees; and chicken, 165 degrees).

Foodborne illness. Harmful bacteria can quickly multiply on food in summer’s heat. At picnics, keep foods you’d normally refrigerate on plenty of ice.
If possible, chill or freeze foods before packing them in a cooler. Be sure to pack cold and hot foods separately. And chill perishable food that’s been sitting out for more than one hour.


Emily Peterson, DO

Tips from a pediatrician – Emily Peterson, DO, Dignity Health Medical Group

Water safety. Extra vigilance—it’s what’s required of adults when children are in or near water. Don’t take your eyes off them, even for a moment. Practice touch supervision with young kids—keep no more than an arm’s length away when they’re in the water.

Dehydration. It’s a particular concern for active kids. Make sure they drink between 5 and 9 ounces (about 10 to 20 gulps) of fluid every 20 minutes during vigorous activity.

Yard work. When mowing, keep children indoors to prevent injuries from flying debris. Never allow kids to ride as passengers on lawn mowers or garden tractors. Only kids 12 and older should use a walk-behind power mower or hand mower—for riding mowers, make that 16 or older.

Itchy skin. It’s a problem that can affect swimmers in parasite infested waters. Known as swimmer’s itch, it usually can be treated with corticosteroid cream, cool compresses, or anti-itch lotions.

Ticks. In some areas of southern Nevada, you may encounter ticks that can spread Lyme disease. If you find a tick on your body, remove it right away. Tweezers work best. You want to take care not to leave tick mouth parts in the skin.

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