National Geographic : 1953 Jun
How to enjoy a Safe Vacation Millions of Americans are now looking for ward to their vacations . . . relaxing on ocean shores, camping in cool mountain country, or fishing in lakes and streams. No matter what point of the compass lures you, there are many things that you can do to Accidents in the water... About half of the 6,500 drownings that take place each year occur during June, July, and August. Safety authorities say that many drownings could be prevented through these simple precautions: never swim alone or when tired, overheated,or too soon after eating. Above all, learn how to give artificial respiration, and always observe safety rules posted on beaches. Injuries from outdoor activities... Over-stretch ing can strain a muscle. Should this occur, rest the muscle and apply heat. Should a sudden wrench spraina joint, it is best to elevate it and use cold ap plications. Cover bruises with an ice bag or cold cloths. Cuts and scratches should be treated promptly with an antiseptic such as 2-percent solu tion of iodine. Always have deep wounds and other serious injuries treated by a doctor. Moreover, it is wise not to try to crowd too much activity into too little time. Take it easy .. . if you want your vacation to give you that refreshed, rested and relaxed feeling. Finally, wherever you go whatever you do-take along a newly stocked first- make your vacation happy, healthful, and safe. Indeed, you can make your entire summer more enjoyable if you plan now against the hazards of this season. Some of these are listed below with suggestions about how to guard against them or what to do if they should occur. Burns from the sun . . . Never over-expose your self to the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day. Begin your tanning with brief periods, no more than 10 minutes the first day, with gradual increases thereafter. If long periods are spent in the sun, use a lotion or cream which may help to pro tect you. Apply it after each swim-and every two hours while sunning. Hazards of the highway ... Too often automo bile accidents mar the family vacation. So, have your car thoroughly checked for safety before start ing off. Particular attention should be given to the steering wheel, brakes, tires, lights, horn, windshield wipers and door locks. Drive at a safe speed, obey all traffic signals, and stop driving or rest whenever you feel fatigued. Remember, even if you are driv ing safely, watch out for other cars. aid kit and a first-aid booklet. Metropolitan will be glad to send you a copy of its free booklet, which tells how to deal with many hazards of the summer and vacation season. Please mail me a free copy of your booklet, 653N, "FIRST AID." Name Street City State J_.