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Firework Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

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We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July tomorrow! According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 200 people will visit emergency rooms with firework-related injuries every day in July.

If you choose to set off sparks this Independence Day, taking precautions goes a long way towards keeping you and your loved ones safe. Keep these safety tips in mind:

Keep Kids and Pets Away
Children should not light or handle fireworks, even after they’ve been used. Used fireworks can still be hot and active.

Be Prepared
A spark can land somewhere it’s not supposed to. Be ready with a hose, a fire extinguisher or buckets of water; the seconds you’ll save by being prepared could be the difference between a minor burn and major destruction.

Location is Key!
Here’s what firework companies say about picking the safest location to light your fireworks:

•Light Fireworks on a Hard Surface. The best surface for lighting fireworks is one that is hard, flat and level. You want to “ensure the stability” of the firework so it doesn’t fall down and change directions.

•Don’t Light Fireworks on the Grass. Grass isn’t a stable surface. If you must light fireworks on the grass.

•You Need a Clear, Open Space. If there are buildings, vehicles, trees or other overhead obstructions nearby, it’s not a safe place to set off fireworks.

Here Comes the Sun! By Dr. Victoria Guerra Farley

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Summer is here again! This time of the year can be especially harsh in Southern Nevada, with temperatures often reaching the triple digits. Although many people enjoy the outdoors during the summer months, the heat and sun can pose a wide variety of risks to your health. Before you head out for some fun in the sun, remember the following tips from your HealthCare Partners physicians to keep you and your family safe this season.

Hydrate:
Drinking water is important year-round, but it is particularly essential in the summertime. When temperatures are high, it is very easy to become dehydrated if you don’t drink enough fluids to replace what is lost when you sweat. Dehydration can cause headaches, weakness, confusion and even unconsciousness. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water regularly, even when you are not thirsty.

Sun Exposure:
Sunlight can be extremely harmful, excessive exposure to the sun is a major cause of skin cancer. You don’t have to avoid the sun altogether, however. Always apply sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The physicians at HealthCare Partners recommend products with sun protection factor (SPF) values of 30 or higher. In fact, the higher the SPF you can find, the better and don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day if you will be outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Also remember to wear a shirt, hat and sunglasses for extra defense. Hats and clothing with SPF embedded in them are also extra handy and will help you stay protected.

Heat Illness:
During hot weather, our body temperatures can reach dangerous levels. Typically, your body cools itself by sweating. When you are exposed to too much heat, however, sweating is just not enough, and heat illnesses such as heat rash, heat exhaustion and even life-threatening heat stroke can occur. Be familiar with the signs of heat illness, including red, dry skin, excessive sweating, nausea and a fast heartbeat. Stay safe by remaining in the shade whenever possible and hydrating often.

Outdoor Activities:
Limit your time spent doing strenuous outdoor activities during hot days to avoid heat illnesses and overheating. Try to avoid going outside from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the time of day when it is hottest and UV rays are most intense, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Schedule activities such as running, biking and lawn work early in the morning or later in the afternoon when temperatures are cooler.

Swim Safety:
Swimming and water sports are especially enjoyable in the summertime. Experiencing these activities with a partner makes them safer and even more fun. Always remember to supervise children whenever they are in the water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Remember to stay vigilant as signs of drowning are not like what we see on TV or in the movies. People who are drowning are physiologically unable to call out for help or wave their arms. Being alert around water is extremely important, but the most vital precaution is learning to swim.

There’s plenty of fun to be had this season. Just remember these simple tips from your providers at HealthCare Partners to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer!

Physical Well-Being for Seniors By Dr. Elron Mighty

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Physical health for seniors encompasses more than just the absence of disease. It also involves maintaining an active lifestyle to improve physical and mental well-being. HealthCare Partners is committed to helping all of its patients lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives.

As we age, the level of care needed to stay healthy changes. Our providers recommend the following activities to help seniors stay in shape:

• Walk at least three days a week for 30 minutes per day. You can gradually work up to walking five days a week.
• Keep up with daily activities, such as gardening and cleaning.
• Set goals and visualize yourself reaching these goals to stay motivated and improve exercise performance.
• Exercise with a friend or family member to encourage each other to live a better lifestyle.
• Join an exercise group or try water aerobics at a local gym or recreation center. These venues provide an air conditioned place to stay out of the heat during the summer months.
• Strength train to help improve balance and strengthen the knees and back. This can assist in preventing falls by keeping your body strong.

In addition to helping seniors stay healthier longer, physical activity comes with several other benefits which include:
• Weight Control
• Reducing the risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and some Cancers
• Strengthening bones and muscles
• Improving the ability to do daily activities and maintain independence
• Lowering blood sugar and blood pressure
• Increasing chances of living longer

At any age, it is important to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise or diet plan. The physicians and care coordinators at HealthCare Partners are available to create a routine that is specifically tailored to your needs. Talk to your health care provider today about how you can start increasing your physical activity.