Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator
I’m sure after this long, cold winter many of you are just as excited as I am about the warm weather ahead. Spring has arrived and summer is almost here! As you know NN/LM MAR network members come from a variety of organizational types. We have libraries (academic, hospital, public, school, and special), community- and faith-based organizations, public health departments, K-12 schools, and the list goes on.
As we spend more time outdoors and prepare our families, as well as people we serve in our organizations, for gardening, hiking, summer reading programs, outdoor camps, vacations and more, it is important to remember safety tips. It also helps to remind our constituents where to find reliable and trusted information on topics such as water, heat, outdoor play and even pet health, as they need to be cared for in the summer heat as well!
Below are summer safety resources from reputable organizations such as the American Red Cross, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and more. All of the resources can be found in MedlinePlus.gov, that’s where I found them.
- Hay Fever (National Library of Medicine): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hayfever.html
- Gardening Health and Safety Tips (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): http://www.cdc.gov/family/gardening/
- Gardening with Allergies (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America): http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=19&cont=470
- Pollen Allergy (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases): http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/allergicDiseases/Documents/PollenAllergyFactSheet.pdf
- Allergic Rhinitis (American Academy of Family Physicians): http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/allergic-rhinitis.printerview.all.html
- How to Control Your Seasonal Allergies (NIH MedlinePlus Magazine): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/spring13/articles/spring13pg22-23.html
- Heat Illness (National Library of Medicine): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/heatillness.html
- Extreme Heat FAQs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/faq.asp
- Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health (National Institute on Aging): http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/2012/06/hyperthermia-too-hot-your-health
- How to Be Safe When You’re in the Sun (Nemours Foundation): http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/summer_safety.html
- Sports Safety (National Library of Medicine): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sportssafety.html
- Bike Safety Tips (American Academy of Family Physicians): http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/exercise-fitness/sports-safety/bike-safety-tips.printerview.all.html
- Sports Injury Prevention for Baby Boomers (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons): http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00178
- Water Safety (Recreational) (National Library of Medicine): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/watersafetyrecreational.html
- Summer Safety Water Guide (American Red Cross): http://american.redcross.org/site/DocServer/watersafety0609.pdf?docID=735
- Water Safety (Nemours Foundation): http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/water_safety.html
- Summer Swim Time: Staying Healthy at the Pool and Beach (National Institutes of Health): http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/May2012/Feature2
- Pet Health (National Library of Medicine): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pethealth.html
- Hot Cars and Loose Pets (American Veterinary Medical Association): https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Hot-Cars-and-Loose-Pets.aspx
- Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Pet Facts (Food and Drug Administration): http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm129867.htm
You can always take a look at all of the MedlinePlus Safety topics: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/safetyissues.html
From all of us here at NN/LM MAR – enjoy your summer and be safe in the sun.