With the warm weather and school closed for the summertime, more folks are getting outside and staying there well into the evening.
But with all of that activity and fresh air, many of us, especially children and the elderly, will be prone to injury, illness, or just plain old exhaustion. Fortunately, a little preparation can go a long way. Keep a “Summertime Toolbox” handy with you at home, in the car, at the park or ball field, at the beach, or wherever you travel. A combination of a first aid kit and a “common sense kit,” its contents will be able to help you enjoy the long days and hot summer nights more comfortably and safely. Make sure to keep these items in an insulated cooler to limit the heat exposure. It will also allow you to put cool packs in to keep the items from getting too hot in the car trunk on those “summer heat emergency days.” Place most items in small, easy-to-see zip-lock bags for easy identification and to keep them dry.
Dr. Ernest Patti