What Cautions To Take When Exploring the Outdoors

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Whether you’re going solo or traveling with the whole family, exploring the outdoors can be a great way to relieve stress and get some exercise. But when proper precautions aren’t taken, exploring nature can come with a number of safety issues. Whether you’re mountain hiking or simply walking around a nature trail, it’s important that you learn how to stay safe when outside.

Preparing For a Hike

Before going on a hike, put together a survival pack that includes a compass, map, lighter, water, food and weather gear. In addition to the survival essentials, it’s smart to let a family member or friend know about the trip you’re about to take. You should always bring a cell phone when hiking a long distance as well in case of an emergency. Finally, try to research the area you’re going to be exploring. Learn if there are certain animals, hazards, etc. common to the area. Being prepared may save you should something happen.

During the Hike

Whenever you’re exploring the outdoors, it’s a good idea to bring a companion along with you. If you plan to camp, you should always set up your campsite farther than a half of a mile from the road. Also, try not to stray off marked trails if possible. If you spot a plant you don’t recognize, stay away from it. Any time you see an animal, do not approach it and stay calm. Most animals will continue moving on.

After the Hike

Because hiking can take a physical toll on you, you should always pay attention to your body afterwards. Make sure to take it easy and hydrate as much as possible.

For more health tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

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The fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many families. Between grilling out and hanging out with friends watching fireworks, there’s really nothing that beats this summer holiday. Unfortunately, because of the fireworks, grilling and sun exposure, there are a number of people that experience injuries during the fourth of July.  Follow these simple safety tips to be sure your holiday is filled with fun.

For Fireworks

Both kids and adults look forward to the fireworks show, but there is a hazardous side to them as well. The safest bet when watching fireworks is to find a public show that is put on by professionals. Even so, you should still stay 500 feet or more away from the show. If you are planning to set off fireworks yourself, keep a supply of water nearby, only light one firework at a time and never throw or point the firework toward any humans or animals.

For Grilling

The fourth of July wouldn’t be the same without backyard barbeque. If you or someone else is grilling out for the holiday, make sure the grill is always supervised. All humans and animals should steer clear of the grill as well. All utensils should be long-handled to avoid getting burned. Finally, you should never add charcoal starter fluid to the grill once the coals have already been ignited.

For Sun Exposure

Because kids (and adults) like to spend time outdoors during this holiday, it’s imperative that proper sun safety is practiced. Direct sun exposure should be avoided between 10am and 4pm, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be worn and water should be consumed regularly to avoid overheating.

For more summer health tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.