Thirsty Thursdays: Summer Safety Tips
It's the first day of Summer!!!! We're shifting gears a little this week to another service line HR4ALL offers to our clients. We're going to cover a little on Summer Safety. Many of us fail to think actively about our safety, safe work practices and the safety of others, including our families. That's not to say we don't think safety is important or that we act in unsafe ways. It's the absence of active thought and planning for safety where we miss. It's critical that part of our planning of work, home projects, and especially recreational activities includes active consideration and planning for what could go wrong. Have fun AND be safe. What's better than that???
HEAT AND HYDRATION
There are three specific types of conditions to be monitoring when it comes to heat-related dangers:
- Heatstroke - ability to sweat is compromised. Symptoms include hot skin, altered mental state, seizures. Call 911, move person to cool/shady area, DO NOT give fluids is person if vomiting, spray down skin with water and/or apply ice packs.
- Heat Exhaustion - excessive amount of salt and water loss. Symptoms are flu-like (thirst, fatigue, diarrhea, dizziness, profuse sweating, nausea, vomiting). Move person to cool/shady area, give cold, non-alcoholic fluids, spray down skin with water and/or apply ice packs.
- Heat Cramps - muscle spasms in the arms, legs or abdomen. Move person to cool/shady area, give cold, non-alcoholic beverages, stretch cramped muscles, seek medical attention if cramps last more than an hour.
Bug bites can transmit nasty diseases like Zika, dengue and Lyme. Using the proper repellant is important to minimize exposure:
- Use all products as directed.
- Follow all warnings related to use on babies and children.
- EPA-registered insect repellents with at least 20% DEET are effective against ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs.
- Higher concentrations of DEET typically mean longer-lasting protection. This caps out at 50% DEET.
- If using sunscreen and repellent, apply sunscreen first and allow it to dry.
- DO NOT use products that contain both sunscreen AND repellent.
- DO NOT apply repellent under clothing.
- Consider clothing pre-treated with permethrin.
- DO NOT use permethrin directly on skin.
Water activities introduce new dangers such as slick surfaces and drowning. Consider the following:
- Check the water first for missing children
- Use a Safety Baton. An adult is in charge of the Safety Baton. S/he is the designated water safety monitor and NEVER leaves the post unless another adult gets the Safety Baton AFTER reciting the rule "You are the water safety monitor. You cannot stop monitoring everyone in the water until you find someone to take over and tell them the rule."
- Don't forget the water monitor stays on duty even if everyone is out of the water.
- Lifeguards are not babysitters. Never stop monitoring your children.
- DO NOT go into the water if you do not know how to swim & never swim alone.
- River and Ocean Swimming is more difficult than swimming in a Pool.
- DO NOT dive into unfamiliar water.
- Have a first aid kit and learn CPR.
A FINAL IMPORTANT TIP:
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!!!!
One of the worst developments in our society is our hesitation to get involved in important matters. Sure, many of us will be that annoying person who says, "You know, smoking is bad for you." (thanks for the tip I never knew!) But most of us don't report a safety hazard, security risk or suspicious activity when we see it. We're afraid of sticking our neck out, being wrong and often these situations involve areas where we're not experienced so we have a lot of self-doubt and choose to keep quiet rather than risk embarrassing ourselves.
HERE'S A TIP TO HELP YOU GET OVER YOUR SELF-DOUBT AND ALWAYS REPORT SUSPICIOUS CONDITIONS AND PEOPLE
GET A PARTNER. Statistically, people are more likely to discuss something with a peer, coworker, fellow traveler, family or friends than they are to go to someone in a position of authority like a supervisor, gate agent, police officer, etc. So the easiest, fastest permanent solution to our not reporting something is to ask someone else what they think about what we've observed. Maybe they have more experience in the matter and can tell us it's completely normal. Maybe they agree and now you can both go report it.
MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE AND IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!! Be an example to others, not a warning to all.
HR4ALL wishes everyone a fun, happy and safe summer!
Thirsty Thursdays are about our collective thirst for learning and knowledge. It’s not about Beer:30 [although HR4ALL is all for that, too!] We hope this weekly nugget of knowledge opens your mind and gives you a reason to pause and think differently. Have a great weekend everyone!
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