Summer safety tips from McLaren

Northern Michigan is known for its beautiful lakes, breathtaking trails and delicious restaurants. Stay safe this summer while enjoy all Northern Michigan has to offer. Jessica Panoff, PA-C, with McLaren Northern Michigan MedCenter in Petoskey shares the following summer safety tips:

Always Wear a Lifejacket

¯ Nearly 85% of individuals who drown while boating were not wearing a lifejacket.

¯ Two-thirds of drowning victims are considered good swimmers.

Check Water

Temperature — How Cold is Too Cold?

Here’s a guide for water temperature and how it affects the body:

¯ Below 77 degrees: breathing begins to be affected.

¯ 70-60 degrees: difficult to control breathing and hold breath.

¯ 60-50 degrees: Cannot gain control of breathing once lost. Begin to lose control of limbs after a few minutes of submersion.

¯ Below 40 degrees: Water is painfully cold. Total loss of breathing control.

Don’t Drink and Boat

¯ You wouldn’t consider drinking alcohol and driving a car; a boat is no different.

¯ Alcohol can be more hazardous on water than on land due to marine environment accelerating alcohol effects.

Be Your Own Lifeguard

¯ Ensure everyone can swim well. If they can’t, use a lifejacket.

¯ Learn CPR.

¯ Never leave children unattended by water, even when a lifeguard is present.

Wear Appropriate

Hiking Shoes

¯ Wearing proper hiking shoes protect your feet against bruising, abrasion from wilderness terrain and exposure to insects and poison ivy.

Make a Survival Pack

¯ Keep a backpack with a first-aid kit, change of clothes, nonperishable snacks and water bottles in your vehicle. Make sure to have enough for each member of the family.

Stay Cool — Remember Water, Rest and Shade

¯ Wear light-colored clothing to reflect the sunlight.

¯ Wear clothes that breath.

¯ Wear a hat and sunglasses.

¯ Stay hydrated with cold water and fluids with electrolytes.

¯ Seek shade to avoid heat stroke.

Abide by Firework


¯ Obey local laws.

¯ Read cautionary labels and descriptions before igniting.

¯ Never give fireworks to children.

¯ Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

¯ Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

¯ Create a safety zone of 30 feet or more.

¯ Have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.


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