How to Practice Boating Safety

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Few things beat being on a boat during the summer, but if proper safety is not practiced, a day on the lake can turn into a disaster. Before you take the boat out for a fun summer day this year, it’s a good idea to brush up on safe boating tips.

Check the Weather

To avoid getting stuck in a storm on the lake or ocean, always take a look at the weather before you go out. If you notice the weather changing once you’re out (darkening clouds, changing winds, a drop in temperature, etc.), it’s a good idea to get off the water.

Come Up With a Float Plan

Before you take off on your boating excursion, let a family member or someone at the marina know exactly where you’re planning to ride and how long you’ll be gone. Important information to include in a float plan is: your name, address and phone number, the name and phone number of all passengers, what type of boat you’re in and what your itinerary is

Assign an Assistant

In the case that the skipper becomes injured or is unable to perform his or her duties, it’s crucial that at least one other person aboard the boat knows how to operate it.

Wear a Lifejacket

This should go without saying, but every person on the boat should wear a lifejacket throughout the excursion. Lifejackets should also always be properly fitted prior to departure.

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.

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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.