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A HELMET WHEN PLAYING ON WHEELS.
It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy – if you keep some important safety tips in mind
Allergic reactions, broken bones, sprained ankles, serious sunburn – they all come with the territory when the weather is too nice to stay indoors. If you encounter an injury or condition that overwhelms you, never fear. Help is nearby.
Kelly Polizzi learned that earlier this year, when her 8-year-old son Matthew needed stitches for a bad cut on his forehead.
Polizzi, who lives in Minooka, rushed her son to the hospital located closest to her home. After two hours of waiting in the emergency room, Polizzi was told there were still four people ahead of them waiting for care.
She decided then to head over to Edward Plainfield’s Emergency Department. On the way, a passenger’s quick check of the ER wait time via text showed a 2-minute wait, she said.
“We walked in, walked up to the front desk. We didn’t even sit down, they just brought us right back,” Polizzi said. “Edward Plainfield is our first stop now.”
Besides the Edward Plainfield Emergency Room and the Edward Hospital Emergency Room and Kids’ ER in Naperville, there are Edward immediate care centers in Bolingbrook and Oswego and walk-in clinics in Aurora, Plainfield, Warrenville, Naperville and Romeoville.
While we are available if you need care, it’s always better to try to avoid a visit to the doctor’s office. Follow these tips to keep your summer fun safe:
- Slather on the lotion – and wear a hat. Apply suntan lotion with at least an SPF 15 rating when spending time outside. This will help you avoid painful burns and long-term skin damage.
- Keep an eye on the bugs. Insect bites can be painful and, for some people, life threatening. Keep bugs away by avoiding scented soaps, perfumes or hairspray. Insect repellents with 30% DEET are most effective. Be sure to carry an EpiPen if you have severe reactions to bee stings or other allergens.
- Be smart on wheels. Whether your vehicle of choice is a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or in-line skates, you shouldn’t roll without protective gear. Helmets and wrist guards make a difference.
- Boom! Don’t even think about lighting off major fireworks without a professional on hand. Seemingly innocent sparklers also carry an element of danger; they reach temperatures up to 1,000 degrees.
- Watch yourself around power mowers. Avoid injury by wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes, use a mower that stops when the handle is released, pick up objects from the lawn before mowing, and NEVER let a child ride as a passenger on a riding mower.
- Better safe than sorry. Always have a first aid kit handy, whether you’re camping or just on a day trip. At least carry antiseptic hand cleaner, bandages, triple antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, tweezers, elastic bandages, and Benedryl.
For more information about Edward’s emergency and non-emergency medical care, visit http://www.edward.org/ER.