Summer is the time fun and relaxation. Especially here in Florida, the summer months are filled with days by the beach or exploring someplace new.
However, summer can bring with it some hidden risks that if you aren’t aware of, could pose significant health and safety hazards.
According to Florida’s Poison Control Center, chemical ingestion and other incidents involving poison are the leading factor in summer safety hazards. While the Center operates year-round and deals with poison cases throughout the rest of the year, it reports a significant increase in these calls during the summer months.
Here are the four most common summer safety hazards you need to be aware of this summer.
4 Common Summer Safety Hazards
In Florida, we’re lucky enough to enjoy our pools year-round, but there’s no doubt they get their real use in summer. Whether you’re with friends or family, a day at the pool is time well spent. Unfortunately, the Poison Control Center reports a nearly 70% increase in cases of pool chemical ingestion.
Most exposure to pool chemicals occurs soon after the pool has been treated. Keep small children away from pool chemicals or water recently treated with these chemicals. If you manage your own pool maintenance, make sure you handle those chemicals in a safe manner.
Another leading cause for accidental poisoning is due to the improper use of bug spray.
While bugs, especially mosquitoes, can be a real nuisance you should exercise caution and care when applying repellent to yourself or a loved one.
There are several types of bug spray that are not safe for infants and toddlers and you should never spray it over an open cut.
Snake and Spider Bites
Florida has its fair share of poisonous snakes and spiders. If you’re out exploring Florida’s diverse natural environments this summer, it’s worth keeping that in mind.
While you can’t really take preventative measures for these types of safety hazards, basic awareness can go a long way in avoiding an incident.
Much like the safety hazards posed by poisonous insects, basic awareness of harmful marine life can keep you or a loved one out of harm’s way. The most common cases of injuries resulting from marine life are:
- Sea lice
If you want to know more about these common poison risks, contact the Florida Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
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