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Summer Safety

Beat the Heat of the Summer

Living in Florida, we are no strangers to the heat. However, the heat and humidity tend to rise over the summer months. Florida’s temperatures in 2017 were the hottest on record in Florida.  In fact, Orlando has experienced record-breaking temperatures for the past three years, according to Orlando Sentinel. Florida’s heat and humidity can be dangerous, and even deadly if you do not take proper precautions. As temperatures begin to climb, consider these 5 tips to beat the heat this summer: 1.    Stay out of the heat: Try to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities during the heat of the day.   2.    Drink plenty of water: Although it is important to stay hydrated all through the year, be sure to drink lots of water during the summer months. Should you experience any dizziness, cramps, or nausea due to the heat, replenish with some sports drinks containing electrolytes to help relieve those symptoms.  3.    Keep it cool: ...

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Fourth of July Safety Tips

  Fourth of July is right around the corner, and time to sport your red, white, and blue.  It is also time to refresh your memory on different safety tips.  Between the fireworks, grilling, and the beach, Fourth of July is one of the most enjoyable holidays of the year, but it is also one of the most dangerous.  Here are some safety tips on fireworks, grilling, and beach/water activities: Fireworks Safety Stay at least 500 feet away from firework shows If you are setting off fireworks at home: Never give fireworks to small children Keep a supply of water nearby Light each firework separately Store fireworks away from children and pets Grilling Safety  Never grill indoors Use long-handled tools Avoid loose clothing, which can catch fire Beach/Water Activity Safety Have young kids and inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on or near the water Do not dive headfirst ...

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UV Safety Awareness Month: UV Protection Guidelines

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness on the importance of protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects on the sun’s UV rays.  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined. In Florida, Jefferson County has the 7th highest rate of melanoma diagnoses among all counties in the U.S. Which is 135% higher than the national average from 2002-2006, according to the EPA.  Taking steps to avoid sun damage and skin cancer can be easy if you follow these safety guidelines:   Seek shade when between 10 am to 4 pm, as the sun's glare is the most intense within those hours.   If you are planning an outdoor activity, bring an umbrella or tent to protect your skin from burning in the sun. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, and especially ...

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May is National Water Safety Month

In honor of National Water Safety Month, Florida Peninsula would like to share a few water safety tips for you and your family.

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Diving Safety for the Summer

Diving and swimming-related injuries are most common among teens and young adults, especially during the summer months. Be sure you and your family consider these three precautions before diving.

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Beach Safety Tips for the Summer

Before heading out on your next beach day, here are 5 things to consider when making safety a top priority.

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Natural Sunburn Remedies

If you’ve ever had a sunburn, you should know it’s nothing to mess around with. Most sunburns occur when people accidentally fall asleep on the beach or by the pool, not noticing they are baking in the sun. Other times, sunburns occur when people forget to re-apply throughout the day, assuming one application in the morning is enough.   Here are 5 quick and easy tips to help with both immediate and long-term sunburn relief: 1. Place a cool compress on irritated skin   2. Drink a lot of water and sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade. Once you are sunburned, your skin will be extremely dry and dehydrated. By replacing your lost body fluids, you are helping your skin to heal quicker. 3. After washing all affected areas with plain water, take a cup of cold milk and let sit out for about 5 minutes. Dip a cotton pad in the milk and apply gently on the skin. By letting it dry on your skin, it will form a thin protective layer which seals moisture in. After a few ho ...

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The Dangers of Leaving Children and Pets in Hot Cars

Every year, there are heartbreaking and preventable deaths due to children and pets being left alone in hot, parked cars. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes, and a child’s body temperature can rise up to 5 times faster than an adult’s, and will succumb to death with a 107 degree body temperature.   In 2016, 39 children died from heatstroke due to being left in a hot car, and 5 have suffered the same fate in 2017. The total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths since 1998 is 705, all due to people leaving their children in hot cars (an average of 37 deaths a year). Here are some things you should consider before leaving your child or pet unattended in a hot car:   No Exceptions, No Excuses: No matter how brief, it is never okay to leave your children or pets alone in a car, even with the windows cracked open. You might think you’re doing them a favor by letting them have some shut-eye while you quickly run into the store, but by leav ...

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Dehydration in Children and Pets

When it comes to spotting the signs of dehydration, adults are typically better informed and independent enough to recognize warning signs on their own, while younger children and pets tend to need some assistance in this area. The hottest days of the summer could be the most dangerous for your children and pets. It is important to keep a close eye on them and be aware of the red flags. What causes dehydration? Loss of water through sweat, tears and urine will typically cause dehydration, if not replaced by drinking fluids and eating foods which contain water. Illness could also cause dehydration due to vomiting, fever or diarrhea. Children who are overexposed to the sun and are not drinking enough water are especially susceptible to dehydration. What are the symptoms of dehydration? The most common symptom of dehydration is thirst. Thirst is a sign your body needs hydrating. Other symptoms are less-frequent urination, dry skin, fatigue, headache, light-headedness, dizziness, dry mouth, increased breat ...

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Quick Camping Safety Tips

When warmer weather approaches, there’s nothing like spending time in the great outdoors. Camping it can be a lot of fun, but typically holds greater dangers than what you would experience in the city or suburbs, such as wildlife, altitude, weather, and more. Before you pack your sleeping bags and tents, here are some things you should consider: Stay up to date on vaccinations: Vaccinations protect people of all ages from certain diseases. It is very important to use bug spray to protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is currently no vaccine to prevent Zika virus, which is what some mosquitos carry. Remember to spray yourself a few times each day and follow the instructions on the back of the product to avoid being bitten. Check the weather: Before you leave for your camping trip, check the weather forecast. Pack alternative clothing in case mother nature decides to provide you with a shower. Warm blankets, sweaters, rain jackets and rain boots are great options for unexpected weather. Gear up ...

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