June is National Safety Month
The National Safety Council (NSC) recognizes June as “National Safety Month”, a time designated to spreading safety awareness throughout communities. As summer approaches, many activities pose high risk of injury if safety precautions are not applied.
With temperatures rising to the mid-90s, many people are unaware of the health risks involved with sun and heat exposure. Sunburn and heat illnesses can be detrimental to one’s health.
Sunburn is produced by overexposure to the sun’s rays. Overexposure may cause symptoms such as fatigue and dizziness; but excessive exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer.
Heat Exhaustion affects individuals who do not drink enough fluids while working or exercising in hot environments. The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, nausea, vomiting, severe thirst, and fatigue. If uncontrolled, heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke.
With the 4th of July around the corner, communities should also be aware of the importance of fireworks safety. According to a report conducted by John R. Hall Jr. from the National Fire Protection Association, in 2006 an estimated 32,600 reported fires were ignited by fireworks, resulting in 6 deaths, 70 injuries, and $34 million in direct property damage.
The Little River Healthcare System wishes you a fun and safe summer. www.lrhealthcare.com.