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Tips for Avoiding Common Summer Injuries

Helping You Stay Safe This Summer

With summer in full swing, outdoor activities are at their peak. However, the season also brings an increased risk of certain injuries and other health issues.

The Advance ER team wants you to enjoy all that summer has to offer while also staying safe and healthy. That’s why we’ve compiled essential safety tips to help you avoid some common summer injuries.

Summer Injuries Commonly Treated at Advance ER

Before diving into best prevention methods, it is important to note some of the summer injuries we most commonly treat, so you can be aware of how to avoid them. Injuries that may warrant a trip to the emergency room include:

Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion

Heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke and heat exhaustion, are prevalent during the hot summer months. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the body overheats due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures or strenuous physical activity in hot weather. Symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • High body temperature (104°F or higher)
  • Altered mental state or behavior (confusion, agitation, slurred speech)
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat


Sunburn is a common issue resulting from extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays without adequate protection. Symptoms of sunburn may include any of the following:

  • Red, painful skin
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Peeling skin after a few days


Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluids than it takes in, which can happen quickly in hot weather (especially during physical activities). It is always important to stay hydrated, but it is especially important during the heat of summer. Symptoms of dehydration may include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Fatigue and dizziness

Water-Related Accidents

Swimming and other water activities are popular summer pastimes but can lead to accidents if proper precautions are not taken. Common water-related injuries we see in the summer include:

  • Drowning and near-drowning incidents
  • Slips and falls around pools
  • Impact injuries from jumping into bodies of water
  • Bites and stings from water-dwelling creatures

Summer Injury Prevention Tips

By following certain safety tips, you can minimize your risk of sustaining common summer injuries and enjoy a fun-filled season. Prevention tips include the following and more:

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when spending time outdoors. Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine, both of which can lead to dehydration.

Use Sunscreen

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply every two hours, or even more often if swimming or sweating.

Swim Safely

Always swim with a buddy and never leave children unattended near water. Follow pool rules and pay attention to lifeguards. It is also beneficial to learn CPR and basic water rescue skills.

Recognize Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses

Move to a cooler place immediately if you feel faint or excessively sweaty. Drink cool water and apply cold compresses. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or do not improve.

Be Prepared to Manage Injuries that May Occur

Keep a well-stocked first aid kit handy, both at home and in your car. Include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and pain relievers.

When to Seek Medical Help for Injuries

Despite taking precautions, injuries can still happen. It's crucial to know when to seek professional medical help. Advance ER is ready to handle any emergencies that may arise for you this summer and provide top-notch care. Our facilities are open 24/7, so you can always receive the immediate assistance you need, no matter he hour.

For more information on our services or how we can assist you, visit one of our locations or contact us at (214) 494-8222 today.