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July Patient Newsletter

Sun and Water Safety 

Summer is here! Here are some tips that can help you and your family be safe in the sun and water.  

Sun Safety Tips

  • Limit your time in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
  • If you are outside, stay in the shade. Water and sun reflect sunlight, which makes the sun’s rays more intense. 
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher    15-30 minutes before going in the sun. Reapply sunscreen every two hours even if it says water resistant. 
  • Children 6 months and older should wear sunscreen. Talk with your provider about using sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months.
  • Use lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Check your skin regularly for changes in birthmarks, moles, and spots. If you see any changes contact your provider. 

Water Safety Tips

  • Never leave your child alone in or around water, including bathtubs, sinks, and toilets. 
  • Empty all buckets and wading pools immediately after use. Children ages 4 and under can drown in just one inch of water. 
  • Enclose your pool or spa with fencing that is at least 5 feet high with self-closing and self-latching gates. 
  • Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone, and emergency numbers by your pool. 
  • Be sure your children wear a correctly fitting life jacket when on a boat or near water.  
  • Cover wounds and clean injuries immediately if they come into contact with natural bodies of water. 

Managing Asthma During Fire Season 

Do you have asthma, COPD, or other lung diseases? 

Smoke from wildfires can harm anyone nearby and even many miles downwind. Breathing smoke can shorten lives and cause heart attacks, asthma attacks, and other dangerous health effects, Even healthy adults are at risk of coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. 

Before the Fire: 

  • Follow your doctor’s orders for treatment of asthma, COPD, and other lung diseases. 
  • Make sure you have a management plan to keep your best health. If you do not have a management plan, ask your doctor to prepare one for you. 
  • If you use supplemental oxygen, get an alternative and portable power source in case the electricity goes out. (Tell your electricity provider to put you on a priority list for restoring power).

During the Fire: 

  • Stay indoors. Unless told to evacuate, avoid breathing smoke, ash, and pollution. 
  • Don’t count on a dust mask. Ordinary dust masks do not filter out dangerous smaller particles that can come through your mask. N-95 or N-100 masks may help filter out dangerous particles, but may not fit properly. 
  • If you have lung disease, talk with your provider before using a N-95 mask. These masks can make it more difficult to breathe. 
  • Roll up your car windows. In smoky areas keep your windows and vents closed and use the “recirculate setting” when using air conditioning. 
  • Protect the air in your home. Keep doors, windows, and fireplaces shut. Use air conditioners on the recirculation setting. 
  • Don’t exercise outside. As this will irritate your eyes and throat. 

 

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