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5 tips for summer safety

It’s summertime again and many are spending extra time outside, at the pool, at a backyard barbeque or maybe at summer camp. With the extra time outdoors, be sure to take additional precautions to make sure that fun activities do not lead to medical emergencies. 

  • Practice water safety. Every year there are hundreds of water-related injuries. It’s important to remember that even great swimmers can drown. Never swim alone, never leave a child unattended and never dive into water when you do not know the depth or contour of the bottom. 
  • Wear a helmet. It’s important to wear a helmet and other protective gear when participating in wheeled sports. The brain is the most delicate organ in our bodies and doesn’t tolerate trauma. Helmet use saves lives and significantly decreases long-term disability from head injuries. The best way for parents to encourage this behavior is to set the right example by wearing theirs. 
  • Be cautious of playgrounds. Make sure that both the playground equipment and the surface below the equipment are adequately maintained. Many injuries occur because equipment is damaged or because children fall onto a surface that is too hard or insufficiently padded. 
  • Use insect repellent. A simple mosquito bite can, unfortunately result in serious medical situations. If bitten, avoid scratching bites so that you can prevent the spread of germs and bacteria that have been passed by the mosquito. 
  • Avoid food poisoning. This can be the result of improperly prepared or stored foods, resulting in an unpleasant ending to an otherwise successful summer picnic. Make sure picnic foods are properly prepared and stored, especially in extreme heat. 

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Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit



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