June is National Safety Month
Summer time heat is on its way to Arkansas. It is easy to get caught up in the fun of outdoors and miss some important warning signs. No matter the activity, plan ahead and plan for disaster to strike.
“According to the National Safety Council
, preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. right after heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease,” said Dr. Deipti Trehun
, one of our family medicine physicians at the new UAMS Neighborhood Clinic at Capitol Mall
. “For children and young adults under the age of 24, traffic crashes are the highest risk, and nearly 21 preventable deaths occur per day. At UAMS, we want to give you the information you need to reduce your chance of injury or illness.”
Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. NSM is an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
Whether you are at the pool, riding bikes or just going for a jog outside, it pays off to pay attention to your surroundings.
A few common summer time hazards are:
- Dehydration and other Heat-related illness
- Bad weather/Lightening
- Cardiac Arrest
- Breathing problems due to: high humidity, allergy or asthma
- Sport-Related Trauma
- Vehicular accidents and injuries
- Not wearing proper safety gear/Concussion
If you want to see your own personal Safety Snap Shot on the dangers facing you and your family, then take the safety check quiz now:
What are some exercise alternatives for the heat?
The heat really can put a damper on outdoor activities for the summer. Try these indoor activities to keep cool.
- Join a local gym - You can find air conditioning, water fountains and people with knowledge to help you meet your goals. There are lots of classes available across Central Arkansas that can help you exercise in cool air.
- Find indoor walking pathways at work or make your own at home- Many free exercise tracker apps are available and you can find out your time, distance and more information by using it indoors. A fitness tracker device can help with this as well and they usually come with an app you sync to and it records everything for you.
- Pool time - Swimming is a great way to burn some calories and stay cool. There are plenty of local pools, splash pads and even water parks to help you move and stay cool.
- Workout DVDs - If you don’t feel like walking around the house, there are many workout DVDs that use little or no equipment to help you burn calories and avoid the heat exposure.
Pay attention and play on!
Have a great month.