Summer Safety 101: Tips To Keep Your Whole Family Safe

Summer Safety 101: Tips To Keep Your Whole Family Safe



hi everyone and welcome to our Michigan medicine live event I'm ed Bottomly with the Michigan Medicine Department of communication June is National Safety Month and today the first day of summer meaning people are getting outside in during the weather and all the activities the season has to offer but with these outdoor activities comes the risk of serious injury today we have two emergency medicine experts with us to explain some of the injuries that can occur as well as you offering you some easy to follow tips to keep your family safe all summer long so let's jump right in and meet our panelists next to me first up is dr. Brad urine from our Michigan medicine department of emergency medicine and on the far side we have Murray Snodgrass from the pediatric trauma injury prevention team at CS Mott Children's Hospital so thank you both for being here just a reminder for our viewers you can submit questions at any time even now for our panelists to answer during today's chat questions can be submitted by commenting on this video but please note that your name or your profile name will be visible to others participating now if you prefer more anonymous option you can also send a private message to us via our social media pages if you can't stay for the whole chat or want to share the recording with a friend a video of this chat in its entirety will be up on our Facebook Twitter and YouTube accounts for sharing too so let's kick things off with our first question mowing the grass mowing the grass is a common thing to do in the summer so what are a few safety tips to keep in mind so I'd like to point out to people that you know it's a pretty mundane task and something everybody has to do in the summer but it actually can be pretty dangerous we've seen people with injuries all the time coming into the emergency department injuries to hands to feet and so the first thing people can do is just be prepared read the manual understand what you're what you're doing be ready clear the space so you're not likely to kick up debris that you could throw and hit yourself in the eye and and just dress the part so make sure that you're wearing proper footwear proper clothing to protect yourself money flying debris thank you for that are there any other issues with regards to the lawnmower safety that you see we like to point out that lawn mowers are not toys that they're in really can be very dangerous pieces of machinery and so we want to make sure that people understand that children under 12-years old shouldn't be operating push mowers children under 16 shouldn't be operating rider lawn mowers and we never should be riding with a child or another passenger on a riding lawnmower we should always make sure that that kids are are clear of the space when we're outside mowing the lawn so we want to make sure that children aren't outdoors when we're mowing the lawn that we're keeping kids clear of the area when we're outdoors so we want to really make sure that that kids aren't aren't iron around and that we're keeping that area clear of them and that they understand that they're not toys that they're not playing on and when they're not being used to mow the lawn sure and I imagine playing on them when they're not used to mow kind of encourages them to be around in play when they are using what about the topic of stored energy being aware of the stored energy so I've seen a number of hand injuries that have resulted from that when the lawn mower becomes wedge it suddenly hits something in that blade that's spinning in a very high rate of speed suddenly stops and and I tell people you'll resist the temptation to reach in there with your hand and try to move it because if you if you remove that obstruction there still may be stored energy that causes that blade to move at a high rate of speed that could cause injury so if you're gonna remove that obstruction use it use something a stick something that you can keep it a safe distance in case that blade starts to spin again because you never want to put your fingers anywhere near anything to remove I imagine a danger to when you're talking about something it's a mundane and quite a regular task I think we all know that undulations of our of our lawns I know where a few rocks are I know we've got this one stump that I can kind of go near if I'm in a hurry that kid you know I'm probably not treating it as I should so that's a very good point about that stored energy now how can adults keep children safe I think again just to reiterate making sure that they recommend keeping them indoors not having them outdoors when you're mowing the lawn but again not having them anywhere around the the machines not having them on the riding lawnmowers again can't stress that enough that they're not toys they shouldn't be riding with with anybody when they're mowing the lawn and and just keeping them away from just keeping them away from that whole task is is what we would recommend sure yes no playing no riding along correct what could you reiterate the Aged recommendations yeah sure there the recommendations are 12 years old to operate a push mower and 16 years old to operate oh writing one more okay and so now you know I think a natural segue here we're talking about right on long lawn mowers what about ATVs what would be your advice for those ATVs and RVs are a tricky subject because there's a lot of there's there's a lot of laws and recommendations around around ATVs and all RVs I think the the key takeaways that I would want people to understand is that there always needs to be adult supervision when when we're talking about children riding anything like this but they're they're not toys I think that's that's a that's a little bit of a misnomer I think we need to understand that they're really dangerous pieces of machinery as well there are classes that kids should be taking if they're under 16 and they're riding on on anything an ATV or an RV they should be license they should be certified and they should be carrying their license with them at all times anybody who operates an ATV or a no RV needs to be helmeted needs to be wearing proper eye protection needs to be wearing proper protection on their on their body as well so long pants long shirts things like that but again they're they're not for for small children to be riding on by themselves unsupervised there are there's strict laws about where they can ride if they're it's a private land versus public land and they would get all this information through a course you know a certification course but but again 16 writers under 16 have to take this course and they have to be certified and carry that certification with them at all times when they're riding sure that makes complete sense and I think you know today is the perfect time for this Facebook live it's wonderful weather outside people are gonna be looking to go outside national safety month as well so we're going to be going all over the map with safety topics and our next one the fourth of July is less than a couple of weeks away what can people do to stay safe around fireworks this summer it's that's a great topic and we're already starting to see unfortunately some injuries related to fireworks in the emergency department you know fireworks also they can be a lot of fun to watch but they they also carry some risk and understanding how to use them safely can help you avoid that risk and so starting with making sure that you have a clear lighting area so that the people around you and your neighbors the people that might be watching know that you're going to be setting off those fireworks and so that they're safe so there's a safe distance understand what those fireworks will do do they shoot in the air how far do they shoot in the air you need to understand those things so that you you know how big of a space that you have to prepare never ever relight a firework that doesn't go off don't try to relight a dud and we've seen many injuries result into that resulting in that we've also had injuries where people will go up to a firework and try to push it or knock it over only to have it go off and result in injury so really if it doesn't go off leave it alone let it let it sit for a period of time and then hit it with a hose drown it in water and and just leave it be again being an Englishman our big time for fireworks is a fifth of November and I always remember the advice it's a little bit nippy in November in England is you know watch out for your hoods you know watch out you know for your coats and things like that because think debris can fall back there and things like that and then can we touch on what we talked about before we went live the idea that you know people need to know about these risks because they're not necessarily aware of them and these are things that you guys have seen you know you're speaking from experience here and sharing it so that people can can be aware and make those informed choices right and I think something else to touch on I think that sparklers are something that comes up a lot around the fourth of July and I think parents often think that it's a safe option and we think that that's a safer option to give children as far as maybe I wouldn't let them light a firecracker but I'll hand him a sparkler not thinking that a sparkler is gonna heat up to 1,200 degrees also and we're putting this in us in small hands and so we recommend things like like glow sticks and things like that you know that it can be fun for kids small children that might be a safer option than sparklers and things like that so yeah just trying to give other safer alternatives to small children and and it can also be fun but not not as dangerous because yeah unfortunately we have seen a lot of really horrible accidents and and we'd prefer not to see any more this year possible absolutely no and I'll add to that as someone who grew up playing with sparklers as a kid you know we all have this idea that it's safe but I can still remember being hit by those very hot you know sparks sometimes that convert and I've seen I've seen that some burn some bad burns associated with this and so my kids get glow sticks so and while we're on the topic the next question is how common are these firework injuries I will say that we see them this this time of year we've already started to see some in the emergency department unfortunately we see them every year I look forward to a fourth of July that we can go through that whole firework season and not see any but we're still seeing a few everyday face you know burns injuries to the face injuries to the eyes and injuries to the hands those those are the things were they where they've gone off while trying to light or they've actually fired into somebody's face and caused burns or interest in the face or the eyes and that kind of nicely goes into our next question what did firework injuries look like and how severe can they be there there can be a variety of them like I said the extremities are usually the first the things that are sort of closest to the fireworks while people are setting them off or the first things to be injured but also to the face they can be very severe I've seen people lose eyes I'm aware of people that have lost their lives actually being hit by large exploding fireworks so there and especially as we as we move into the season we see people that will go out and invest in in really big displays really powerful displays and and and it's important to keep in mind that the stuff that's available for consumers is usually of a certain size that's powered perhaps be used more safely in a backyard environment for example but what you've seen you can see some really powerful ones wrapped in plain brown paper and that indicates it's either homemade which is probably not a good idea or it's actually intended for a professional display and that's something you probably don't want to be setting off in your backyard thank you for that so the next topic we're gonna head over to is water safety another very timely topic is it true you have to wait 45 minutes after eating to swim that's our first question so know that the short answer is no it was some there was some well-intentioned ideas years ago that brought that out but really as long as you're feeling okay you're not you're not too tired they're not having belly pain or anything that would distract you you can go in the water after eating okay next question how can people stay vigilant for signs of drowning I think having keeping an eye out using a buddy system just watching for drowning I think a lot of people have the idea from the movies or from TV that you know people will be yelling and splashing and saying help me in fact that's not often what happens people may just simply slip below the surface so just watching carefully is really important yeah and and we can't stress enough that adult supervision is is key when it comes to children around water whether it be a backyard pool whether it be a pond a lake anything and we actually recommend making sure that somebody is identified as is that person who is the the identified supervisor maybe or whoever's gonna be the one watching we recommend something when we have these actually these little water watcher tags that we give out at events but you can create your own something that kind of identifies who the adult is that's kind of in charge and who's watching and that way if I have to go in I'm gonna hand it to Brad and say okay I'm going inside to use the restroom or to get some food and now you are in charge you're watching the kids now and just because a lot of times it like a family event or a big gathering there's so many people around that we kind of assume somebody else is watching our kids and and they can easily kind of be lost in in the event and we forget sometimes to keep keep a close eye on them and you you would not necessarily know that something that's happening or somebody's in distress so that's that's one of the things that we really try to stress is is just keep an adult supervision and making sure that we've got eyes on the kids at all times sure thank you that's a fantastic thing how about some basic swimming safety facts talk about lifejackets diving areas buddy system I know we already did that but can we touch on some of those I think it's important to make sure you know take the opportunity to teach your children how to swim if they're going to be around water if you live near a lake or you vacation in your water they're naturally going to be drawn to that water and so making sure they know how to swim teaching them yourself putting them in a class if that's what it takes make sure they have the appropriate you know swimming safety gears and the little the little floaties on the arms are not necessarily the appropriate a lifejacket or something that is actually approved for life safety is what you want to wear have that child in if they're around water and they don't know how to swim and and also to kind of piggyback on that if you have a pool and your child knows how to swim in a pool and you go to visit a lake or an ocean or something like that you have to understand that there's gonna be a big difference with currents and different things like that so to understand that that not all water is the same and in understanding that the depth of water can be different so if you're out on a boat just to jump off or dive off of a boat not knowing what the depth of the water could be is very dangerous thing to do so we don't recommend diving off the back of a boat when you don't understand what the the depth would be because we don't want to have any you know serious injuries by you know by diving in and and hitting you know headers you know that spinal cord injuries things like that so we want to make sure that parents understand and caregivers understand the differences between you know the pools and in larger bodies of water and things like that absolutely absolutely the next question we have is with God's to dry drowning is dry drowning a real risk so the answer and so this creates a lot of anxiety every year and I see lots of lots of discussion about this on social media I think that it's it's important with what we do to raise awareness without creating any kind of panic and so I think that the most important take-home from all of this discussion of dried is that the likelihood that your child or someone else will will go underwater come out and have no symptoms only subsequently to die suddenly is extremely unlikely when we're talking about drowning that's basically getting fluid into your lungs that should be causing difficulty breathing right away it should be apparent that that person is in distress they're coughing they're sputtering they're having difficulty breathing and you should get them to medical attention right away but the idea that that there will be this this delay with sudden decompensation of that that individual is just not something that is medically seen and I I and I would stress that if anyone has concerns about a loved one or someone that they see after an event where they've gone underwater certainly bring them to medical attention I'm not suggesting that they shouldn't but I want people to to feel more at ease and less anxious about the idea of dry drowning because it just doesn't happen as some of the social media stories have have led people to believe indeed and so that's the next question why is this something that resurfaces every summer if it's not real I'm assuming social media might be part-time I think that may be part of it I think it speaks to our anxieties you know there's a lot of there's probably an evolutionary benefit to us hearing about stories where people were injured and how to avoid those injuries and I think that's you know part of what you hear with this with this coming up year after year but it's it's still not something that I think people need to lose any sleep over they just need to you know watch them you know watch their children watch the people that they're swimming with and if they look yield to them get medical attention next topic is boating safety what our safety tips people can utilize when they go boating what No so I think there's a lot of things that people can do I mean just being prepared that's one of the things that I I say you know time at a time again doing this this sort of work is that just planning ahead having you know knowing your equipment knowing your boat what its capabilities are weirder going make sure that you have the ability to safely maneuver whether that's you have enough fuel you have emergency or so you have some signalling devices a phone or radio some means of communicating and then make sure that someone someone on land knows where you're going and when to expect you back so that you know that and have maps for the area for boating in a place that's unusual and all of these things they seem like very basic steps but we see people getting into trouble occasionally when they say I'm just going out for a you know a three hour tour if you will and getting into trouble absolutely making sure you have life jackets for everybody on the boat and there shouldn't be anybody on the boat that's too small for a lifejacket so really like infants and small babies are it's not recommended that you take small babies or infants newborns on boats anybody that's on a boat should be able to fit into a life jacket and you should have appropriate life jackets for for whoever's on a boat so can't stress that enough and then I you touched on this before but I think it's worth touching on again the idea of look before you leap if you are jumping off a boat be aware of what's around you there's jumping in there's diving and I think that to jump in water is is one thing but to dive in headfirst you know as is what we worry about head injuries and the neck and spinal cord injuries are you know we've we know of some pretty horrific pretty catastrophic injuries actually that have happened from from people diving into to shallow water so if you jump in and and it's one thing if you if your feet hit the bottom but if you if you hit with your head that could be that could be pretty pretty horrific so so absolutely don't I would never recommend diving in off of a boat when you don't know what the the depth of the water is around you very important and this is again this is another one that you've touched on again but let's touch on it again how important is it to wear a lifejacket and what are the ideal lifejacket rules for children and adults I would say it's it's extremely important if you're if you're out on a boat or if if you're out in water in any way and especially if you have any concern about somebody's ability to swim I would I would recommend having appropriate life lifejackets or protective gear on and we're talking about lifejackets not like we were speaking of earlier like water aids or swimming aids like like water wings or a pool noodle or floatation you know just like something that you float on an inflatable inner tube things like that that's not what we're speaking over speaking of actually lifejackets that that connect and are certified you know that actually stay attached to the child so I would say it's extremely important and in that they fit properly that they're they have weight requirements and so that you want you don't just want to throw any any lifejacket on anyone you want to make sure they are actually like rated for the person that they're that they're that's wearing them so I would I would make sure that you've got the the right equipment in the right gear before you go out on the boat for the people that are going to be on that boat and I would I would agree it's absolutely critical to have a lifejacket I've been involved in a number of cases where where people weren't wearing lifejackets they never expected to end up in the water but they collided with you know an underwater obstruction they ran into another boat somebody in the back suddenly had a medical emergency and the whole boat tipped over and so there's any number of reasons why you may not be expecting to go in the water and suddenly you're in the water and so having having that jacket on to begin with is absolutely critical to saving your life thank you for that and in terms of the next question how our survival skills important to boating safety well I think having you know having the the right equipment on board that boat so wearing your lifejacket at all times while you're out there but also having some safety equipment with you knowing the water temperature and where you are half of how far from land you are being in very cold water at the beginning of end of the season would require different clothing and so planning ahead for that and then having a means to signal a whistle a light something else so that if you do go out of that water and hopefully people come looking for you you have some additional way to signal for them so it's absolutely critical to have all those survival skills and that knowledge that goes along with where you are when you're there that fits all the circumstances thank you for that our next question from a facebook viewer when talking about drowning do we still have to ask parent permission to perform CPR not sure I understand the question I think if there's if there were if I were to see encounter a patient that had no pulse and required CPR I would begin treating that patient immediately under the presumption that that patient that any any reasonable person would want that that patient to have the best chance to survive and so I would begin CPR without question and we can if there's clarification we can go back to that question right let's move on to sun exposure and heat rash first question how often should people apply sunscreen while outside while on the water or while going into the water I I believe that most most sunscreen actually willows will tell it will actually tell you on the on the product itself but usually it's every two to four hours I think that in it'll depend on how active you are if you're in the water if you're very active and you're sweating they'll have you apply it more frequently I don't think you can apply it too much so I think if they if in doubt I would recommend putting more on because sunburn is not good it's not fun especially in small children so we want to make sure that we're being generous with application and so I would I would recommend and covering I mean there's there's long sleeves you know for swimsuits there's there's the rash guard and long sleeve shirts that you can have on there's hats there's there's different ways that we can you know protect kids to we beyond just spraying them or putting applying you know lotions but I would definitely recommend applying generously and frequently when you're out not just a one and done you know in the beginning of the day and then assuming that's gonna last the entire day for sure I would I would reapply frequently yeah and I've definitely seen people who have been out all day they applied in the morning and then because between sweating or being in the water that's warrant that protection has worn off and they've come in with pretty severe burns so yeah apply apply off and check the label if it says that you should reapply after being in the water after a certain period of time def use it more often thank you for that yeah let's talk about how hydration how can people stay hydrated effectively your water is your friend particularly in the hot summer and so I tell people you know if they're going to be outside they're sweating they're doing activities making sure that they're paying attention to that sense of thirst I mean we're designed with that sensation of thirst that helps us understand that we you know we need more hydration so making sure that you've planned ahead you've got water water is fine it doesn't have to be a more expensive sports drink if you like them more power to you but the water works just fine but it's also important to think that you know that the extremes of age or certain medical conditions you know it may be harder for people to drink lots of fluid or stay well hydrated and so making sure that we're protecting people at those extremes or that can't drink a lot of water due to other medical conditions they just need to be protected they need to stay in the shade take frequent breaks or just stay in the air-conditioned yeah sounds good to me actually and how serious of a problem is dehydration in the summer months we see a lot of that you know particularly as people start engaging in more outdoor activities on even on a day like today people working outside all day it doesn't seem that warm perhaps but it's sunny and it's easy to work up a sweat and start becoming dehydrated and particularly people with with certain medical conditions it can be very sensitive that so high blood pressure they're taking medications like diuretics to help them get rid of water can actually become dire can become dehydrated much more quickly and so we'll see several people even on a day late today in many times coming in I like to recommend to like if you know you're gonna be active like if you know that tomorrow you're going to a theme park or you're going to be at a sporting event like building up to like don't just wait and drink during that during that event but be drinking prior to the event drink you know water and build yourself up for that because we see a lot of kids at sporting events that think that during the game if I just drink during this game but you know that are kind of you know leading up to the game maybe didn't have enough to drink so can get very dehydrated quickly you know during an event in outdoor sporting event in the soccer lacrosse things like that so trying to kind of build up and make sure you're preparing for whatever the activity is that you're about to that you're about to do yeah sure definitely let's talk let's switch back to sunscreens for a second the difference between f SPFs on sunscreens and how to choose the best for your child for your family I think we might be able to find you a better resource to answer that question and a little bit but I think generally you know higher SPFs are better the higher the higher the level of protection you can get to protect your skin you know that's that's I think what your you know what's the best and we can see if there's any more clarification and we can look into if you look at the comment section after today's chat we're going to be linking to quite a few blogs that that we've we've written in the past let's talk about heat exhaustion and heat stroke what are some signs and symptoms of those things so with heat exhaustion you typically will see somebody they'll start to to show signs of more fatigue being very tired their skin might become red or flushed and they'll just the look hot and they look uncomfortable heatstroke is typically differentiated by someone actually beginning to act very differently hence the insulin stroke they may they may be slurring their speech they may look as though they're intoxicated even and so that that represents an even more serious condition where the body temperature has gotten so high that they're not able to regulate effectively both of those don't wait for heatstroke don't wait for people to become confused if someone looks like they're having difficulty that's the time to get them into a cooler environment and get them hydrated or even seek medical attention if necessary and there's this sort of myth that perpetuates out there that you know you'll see someone stop sweating they don't they may still be sweating and they may still be suffering from the effects of heat exhaustion or heat stroke so don't wait for that if they don't look right to you get them into a cooler environment and maybe even call for for medical assistance thank you for that I think this goes in perfectly when we're talking about heat let's talk about the heat inside a hot car how dangerous is it for kids to play in a hot car and what happens if your child is left inside a hot so this is a this is a big concern for us we see nationally luckily none in Michigan in the past few years but we see nationally too many children left in hot cars each year and died as a result of that and cars heat up very fast even in a day like today when it's not extremely hot outside but it's sunny a car even with cracked windows you know can can heat up very fast so we never recommend leaving a child in a car even with the windows cracked even with the air conditioned on we just don't recommend ever leaving a child in a car unattended so we can't stress enough to take care givers to make sure that that keys are put away that they're not left where a child can get the keys that doors are left locked to cars so that kids can't play hide and seek or can't get back into a car if they if they have think they've left something in a vehicle to go back to to a car because sometimes we have child locks on cars and so a kid can get back into a car but then once they get into the vehicle can't get out and if an adult doesn't know that that can be very problematic they can get trapped in a car so unintentionally children can be left in cars we've we also know about situations where caregivers have accidentally left children in cars just a morning routine driving to work have it seems unfathomable and I've talked to enough parents and caregivers that we we just can't understand it but it has happened enough and and we know that it happens that somebody is outside of a routine that they normally are in and they just get into automatic mode and drive to work and forget because there's a sleepy baby in the backseat that I'm not used to dropping off at daycare and I have forgotten that child in the backseat of my car and have gone to work and left that baby in the backseat of my car because I'm not used to dropping off at daycare that's not part of my routine so we recommend leaving something of yours in the backseat so that you have a reminder doing something like that because we just we just don't want there to be any more of these accidents and there are things that we can do to prevent them cars heat up very fast and so we want to do everything we can to to prevent this from happening and and these are just some little kind of tips and things that we can do to try to help parents and caregivers that are very tired and very exhausted at times we've all been there his parents and and just kind of help help kind of come up with some some ideas for me being preventing in the future that any more of these accidents are tragedies thank you let's move to helmet safety first question on that topic why should children wear helmets when they ride a bike a skateboard or a scooter and we have to protect it and so it can be the the best bike ride or the best scooter rider the best skateboarder there is but there can be a crack in the sidewalk there can be a dog that runs out there can be all kinds of things that happen there can be a car in the road that cuts you off there's a lot of exterior things that can happen and forces that can happen that are out of your control and it takes a split second for you to be knocked off of your bike off of your skateboard off of whatever and to hit the ground or to hit a vehicle or to hit something else and so what we stress is that a helmet is is a very easy inexpensive item to help protect that that head that we only have one off and in if worn properly it can it can protect it really can do a great job and and we can't stress enough like how important it is for adults and for children but definitely as soon as kids are on any kind of writing and anything with wheels we recommend as small small children and on tricycles we recommend that we start putting them on their heads just so they get used to it almost like a seatbelt if you if you get used to every time you get in the car you buckle your seatbelt every time you get on something with wheels putting a helmet on it just starts to become habit and it's an important habit to begin and to have life long what do you say could you speak to it what you say to parents and their children to encourage them to promote helmet safety I guess you've touched on that a little bit already well one thing I tell parents a lot I'll see parents will do some events sometimes at schools where kids will ride their bikes and sometimes pair we'll ride up with parents and it's it's interesting to see the child with the helmet on with a parent not with a helmet on and so I often talk to parents about the example that they're setting because kids will often wonder like how old do I have to be when I don't have to wear the helmet and so I use a seat belt example a lot and say you know I mean would you tell them there's a certain age when they don't have to wear their seat belt and parents will absolutely not you know seat belts we have to wear a seat belt and same thing with the helmet like they if they see that it's important to you and that you know that your brain is important in your head is important and that you you know that it's important to protect they're gonna know that it's important for themselves and they're gonna constantly you know wear their helmet and know to protect and so I've had some great conversations with parents and giving out a lot of adult helmets in the process to kind of help spark that too so that's that's one of the things that that we try to do unfortunately sometimes for us it's after the fact is after we see them come into the hospital and so we try to do a lot of the events out in the community to try to you know prevent that from happening in your experience do you think some people don't realize how important wearing a helmet is oh yeah unfortunately yeah because I think that we think that we're we're good at what we do and that we are in control when we're on that wheel device you somewhere in that bike or on that scooter and I think that just like we think we're in control when were behind the wheel of a car and I think that until something happens and you realize you're not always in control you know and something happens to you you you and you realize that you don't have that control yet it can be a little I open him so yeah I think it is it is hard sometimes for four to get that message across but and I'll be honest I grew up in a generation where this was not normal the norm wearing a helmet was not not something that you saw a lot of kids doing at that point but we live in that world where we're seeing people on a regular basis that are coming in for those one and a thousand events and and you only have to see a few of those to realize why why emergency physicians and nurses and people that work in this space all of our kids wear helmets why we wear helmets why we're crazy about car seats and safety because we know that they save lives we've seen we've seen people who have used them we've seen people who've not used them and that's the argument that I make we could spend an hour talking about some of the terrible things that we've seen but it's just they do protect people they do save lives and they're just absolutely important absolutely let's talk about hand sync signals and walking a bike across the sidewalk why are these two significant safety tips with with bicycle safety I think especially like in and around a community like Ann Arbor where it's there's so many people on bikes and and it's such a great biking community actually there's such a great biking community in Washington County in Ann Arbor I think that it's really important to be able to communicate with drivers and I think that teaching kids at a young age how to do that and how to to let drivers know what your intent is and I think that as drivers we can do a better job of paying attention to that but I think that it's really important to do that I also think that it is important to teach kids at a young age to walk their bikes across the street we're doing a lot with our pedestrian safety education to make sure that we're teaching kids when they're either crossing with their bikes or crossing just on foot to make sure they're making eye contact with the vehicles and making sure that the vehicles see them so just being more steady on their feet and not writing so that they can they can stop faster and they can get back if they need to if the vehicle is not stopping for them it just kind of makes them more steady and makes them quicker to respond to what's going on with the vehicles on the road so we definitely recommend that and we're teaching that at a lot of our safety towns and a lot of the things that we're doing in and around the the community this summer I'm trying to teach that with our with our young children so we definitely recommend parents kind of reinforce that and teach that with their kids as well great our final question on this topic some parents prefer their children ride their bikes in designated bike lanes but these lanes don't necessarily always ensure rider safety do you have any thoughts about riding in the bike lane versus the sidewalk I mean with young children I'm a I'm a I'm a proponent of riding on the sidewalk personally if it's available there's I'd walk available I would always recommend with children just because I'm still nervous about drivers in the road there's a lot of distractions and a lot of things that are keeping our drivers I think from giving bicyclists the space that they need and the attention that they need so if there's a sidewalk a safe sidewalk that is available I would recommend with children to to keep them on the sidewalks if they're if they're available sure let's take a turn towards another topic now ticks how can people prevent getting takes this summer so this is a great example of you know prevention really being being worth a pound of cure so just not getting a tick bite or not picking up a tick is the is the most effective way to avoid any kind of tick borne illness and so so that means being aware of the environment so like tall grass brush things like that that those are ticks like to hide and you can get them in your backyard by the way it's not not just out in the woods somewhere and we are seeing tick-borne almost like Lyme disease in parts of Michigan as well so it's important to be aware of where those ticks like to live and then to dress appropriately so that means trying to cover you know cover your legs not have parrot legs tuck your pant legs into your socks things to prevent the ticks from getting in there and then you can also use a bug repellent something with DEET the CDC has some great recommendations online that you can look at for how to protect yourself from having ticks get on now if they do get on you you know it's important to you know when you get home to you know do a tick check so that those ticks aren't on you for a period of time because the longer they're on the higher the risk of infection and so you know getting undressed you know take a shower it's a great opportunity to look in those spaces where ticks can hide sort of under the arms behind the knees even in the belly button takes can hide too so looking for those spots if you see a tick remove it carefully grab it by the head and pull it off slowly and then you know try to what I tell people to do is take a picture with their smartphone because everyone's got one take a picture with your phone and then put that tick in a bag or something else throw it away don't smush it but throw it away in a in a plastic bag or take a photo of it and make a note of where that was and if you start to develop symptoms then you can go and see doctor and talk about the symptoms like a rash or a fever that may happen in several days but if you know what that tick looked like and where you might have picked it up you and your doctor can make some decisions about that you know I think this is quite an important topic you've mentioned but let's reiterate how do you choose the best insect repellent for different occasions so there's several different recommendations and I think we could probably post some links to that later to go through some of the details because it does vary a little bit by age but generally something with DEET Det is something that you're looking to apply to your clothing while you're out while you're out and about in an area where there's ticks that that's probably the most effective thing that you can do and what we can post some additional links with more specific recommendations for very young children as well yeah young young children was gonna be my next question too because you know when I'm outside I'm not necessarily rolling about as much as my kids are so there's always a worry for me and and let's talk about how to remove these tanks so if you see a tick the safest thing the safest way to remove them is to grab them as close to the to the skin as close to the end of their head with a pair of tweezers and just pull up slowly to remove that usually you can get the tick to come out all in one piece in that event if it does get stuck don't worry clean the area if the head mouth parts get stuck just clean it soap and water alcohol and your body will actually do a pretty good job of removing that little that little bit that might be stuck there in the skin but just clean it off very carefully but try to try to pull it off slowly don't try to burn them off don't try to do any of the other techniques that you might have you might have heard years ago just try to pull them out slowly with tweezers I don't believe we have a good blog post on that too so the next topic we have is trampoline safety how should parents go about teaching children trampoline rules I'm not real popular when I start talking about this I mean really the safest way to encourage children to plan trampolines if they're going to be on trampolines is one at a time and we would always recommend that there in a trampoline that is enclosed with the the net all the way around it again if they're going to be on a trampoline my choice would be to not be an attorney let's look into that a little bit because I says that you know you you want to start off with this shouldn't this isn't a really good idea anyway we've seen a lot of injuries from trampolines and there a lot of injuries from trampolines kids falling off of trampolines kids falling on trampolines themselves and breaking arms and wrists and all kinds of legs and all just getting injured themselves colliding with other children is a really common injury so we just see it we see a lot of injuries associated with translations and so adult supervision if they're going to be on a trampoline and I would I would highly recommend one child at a time again it's not it's not it's fun I guess apparently but it would be the safest way if they're gonna be on a trampoline so that you don't worry about them colliding with somebody else do you have any other a trampoline best practices if they have to be able to translate no other objects or props per se if you're going to be doing any dance routines or any other like acrobatic type things on the on the trampoline I wouldn't recommend you know taking balls or other toys and objects on the trampoline and we sometimes seen that we've seen skateboards and other interesting things like that it would highly recommend nothing like that on the trampoline ever so it would it's really just meant for one child in one child jumping alone is really their the recommendation okay the next topic that we have is grilling how can we be safe while grilling so there there's a couple of different things that we see with grilling one is one is directly related to burns so people trying to light that old grill that was you know let that's you know probably one season too old and doesn't light very well and people having having burns when if that sort of suddenly flares up so make sure your make sure your equipment works is sort of step number one and take care that you're following instructions so that when you're starting that fire that it doesn't actually result in any direct injury to you and the secondary forms of injury that we we've seen I've seen a few of these actually is the the grilled Brussels grill bristle injury so that's actually you know somebody using again an old kind of rusty brush to clean off the grading prior to starting cooking and then unbeknownst to you that bristle gets stuck to the bottom of your food and then you eat it and I've seen two people personally that have had bristles stuck in their throat it's been described there's there's definitely cases that are happening and people don't usually they don't notice when they bite into it but then they feel it if it gets stuck somewhere so it is a real thing so I threw it all my brushes after I saw this happen the first time and I use sort of the the steel wool pad kind of brush to clean my grill excellent Morini any tips for keeping kids away keep kids away from the grilling area you know keep them away from the fire and the heat obviously because a lot of times you know they're right at the at the same level as as the you know they can reach up and and grab and and be just like a stove you know would be dangerous so we would want to keep them away from it you know that source of heat for sure let's move on to our next topic which is picnic foods how are certain picnic foods dangerous so they're you'd be surprised sometimes the the reasons people might visit an ER after a picnic so there there's a lot of different things there's there's injuries there's food poisoning and we'll start with the food poisoning I so shows as the first thing so you know keeping in mind that you're out of your you're out of here kitchen you're not in your normal environment and so the food preparation you're often taking shortcuts and so for people to be aware that you know if you've got you know chicken that is you know raw chicken that is being you know now cross contaminated it's on your hands you haven't washed your hands you touch something else and that's getting into the other food so now you have that risk of Salmonella and other foodborne illness that's coming from the raw chicken you haven't washed the vegetables when you get there and so you have some other things that come there and then you have the the potato salad and the things that are sitting out you know in a warmer environment not refrigerated kind of sitting there on the table as people go down the line and pick those things up those are things that can a few out a few minutes even 45 minutes or so at a higher than average temperature can start to grow some bacteria and so then you have people with nausea vomiting and diarrhea usually within a couple of hours after ingesting that so we'll see a fair number of people after big picnic events family reunions I've seen my share of people coming in with with that and you know probably the potato salad or something like that so just taking taking extra steps to make sure that you've got proper cooling for those foods that need to be kept at certain temperatures and plan ahead wash the foods at home prepare them as best you can so that when you're there to make them on a grill or do whatever else you're doing at your picnic that you can avoid that cross-contamination and you've taken those preparatory steps ahead of time so you don't have to try to make do when you don't have the resources sure there's a some really important points then there can we touch on alcoholic beverages safety safety and alcohol so alcohol has resulted in a fair number of injuries that have brought people to the emergency department overall I think you know there's there's certainly something to be said for enjoying you know an alcoholic beverage and a nice a nice summer day and I'm not telling anyone that they can't do that but simply to be aware that there are risks that come with that so the more you ingest the higher the likelihood that you become dehydrated not to mention the effects that it has on your coordination and your judgement and so all the things that we've been talking about become more dangerous with alcohol so grilling higher risk of burning fireworks boating riding a bike all of these trampolines all of these things become more dangerous when you have some alcohol and so if you're if you're going to make alcohol part of your celebration you need to just plan ahead make sure you're well hydrated and make sure that you're not then taking part in activities where you could injure yourself or someone else after you've enjoyed a few absolutely we've touched on a variety of topics as a dad of four I think they've they've all rung certain bells with me there's there's one topic though that I wanted to throw in here see if you had any opinions on it it's summertime people often have fires outdoors they they're cooking s'mores and things like five safety tips for kids when they're around a fire a campfire for instance that's a great question I think that I can't stress enough and I think this has been a pretty common theme all the way across is adult supervision making sure that you have a you know the proper amount of adult supervision if you're gonna have kids around a fire making sure that your fire is contained you know making sure that it's a safe fire so whether it be in a a pit or whether it be in a metal fire pit I'm not sure what they're called but something that's going to safely contain it and then making sure that that however I get nervous around you know children actually being the ones that are you know doing the marshmallows or whatever it is so making sure there's an adult kind of there with a child that you know so the child isn't the one getting close to the fire isn't doing you know putting their hand close to the fire because things can spark and things can kind of jump from the fire sometimes so you don't want it you never want that child they'd be the one getting too close to the fire and I think that any time that we're doing any of these types of activities with kids it's really important to always be explaining to them what we're doing with them to be walking through like why it's ok for you to be doing this with me as mom with you right now but when mom's not here you know this is never anything that I would want you to do without me here because this could be very dangerous because as soon as we walk away or as soon as we go somewhere else or they're at somebody else's house you don't ever want a child to think that they kind of have free rein and can do these things without you present so I think that a fire is a great example you know when you have a fire like that but I also think it's really important to make sure that fires are completely put out at the end of the the event or whatever you know that make sure that you safely put the fire out and that you have a way of making sure that's all done but again adult supervision and then I can't stress enough how when we're talking about pedestrian safety when we're talking about any of the safety topics that we're on when when you're there with your child and you're and you're doing something with your child to be talking through what it is you're doing with them and explaining what's happening when you're crossing the street you know did you realize we're looking left we're looking right and we're looked looking left again just to make sure no cars are coming and you know just kind of putting into words because sometimes I think we get busy with kids and we just do for them or we do things with them and we don't always explain to them what we're doing so then we're not giving them the tools for for when it's okay for them to do something and how to do that so I think that as parents and caregivers we can do a better job of of kind of giving them some of those tools and helping them thank you I think I would echo all of those points they're great points and a couple of other things that I would bring up more for the adult side but also just thinking of you know I've seen lots of people in trying to get a bonfire going you know you're trying you're trying to do and it's beautiful night you and it just rained the wood is kind of wet and so the temptation is to go out and get some something flammable some gasoline some lighter fluid something to light it and and then I see them in the ER with severe burns and so just having you know planet having a different plan you dry paper dry kindling find some other way to get that to get that fire going don't use gasoline or some kind of accelerant like that because it just it's so often results in burns and that's something that we don't want our kids to be seeing and getting the idea that that's that's how you should get a fire going and one other little point is someone who does enjoy a bonfire with the kids that we've one of the things that we have done in addition to all of those things is just having the ring and the expectation for the kids that if they're going to walk around the fire they walk behind where everybody is seated rather than trying to get around people's feet and then fall in the fire because having seen those injuries never never want the kids to be that close to the fire they should always move away as they walk around to see if see a friend over there excellent advice thank you both for that so we're moving in towards the end of our chat but I always want to say first off is there anything you think we've missed is there any advice that you'd like to impart before before we before we end I think we've covered a wide variety of topics and I think the thing that I always feel sort of like the the fun police sometimes when I when I do these talks and the point of this is not to scare people or to prevent people from having fun but rather to make sure that people plan ahead because summer is short enough here in Michigan rather and so wasting time in the emergency department with an injury is not what you want to do I'd rather people be out have not coming to see me and enjoying the Michigan summer echo that I think that um that there's we've covered a lot of things and there's probably a lot more that we could cover but but yeah we just we just want everyone to have a safe fun summer and we would love to be bored at work we would love to be sitting around twiddling our thumbs this summer and and not have a lot not have a lot to do and so we we hope that that everybody stays safe that's that's our ultimate goal yeah so so thank you both for your time for your expertise for helping families get more information about how to stay safe in the summer again to our viewers if you're interested in sharing this recording it's going to be on our Facebook page our YouTube page our Twitter page as well so thank you to our viewers for joining us thank you to our experts and have a wonderful afternoon

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