National Geographic : 1951 Jul
FOR YOUR SUMMER SAFETY When swimming-be sure to take proper precautions when swim ming or playing in the water, as drowning from these causes claims many lives each year. Do not swim alone-or too soon after eating. Obey all warning signs-especially those regarding diving or swim ming too far from the shore. It is also wise to safeguard your chil dren by teaching them how to swim early in life. When exercising-make sure that you do not overdo any form of physical activity to which you are unaccustomed. The best rule, if in doubt, is to check with your doctor about week-end and vaca tion activities. He will advise you about the kind and amount of exercise that will be safe and bene ficial. In any event, avoid excessive fatigue. When sunning-remember that the sun is strong "medicine" and that sunburn causes an annual loss of several million work days. So, take the sun in small doses-about 10 minutes the first day, 20 the second. Sunburn usually can be prevented by applying a "sun protective" preparation to the skin before exposure. However, to pro tect yourself against sunstroke or heatstroke, always avoid long, direct exposure to the sun. When camping-watch out for poison ivy, to which 2 out of 3 adults are sensitive. Remember the old adage-"leaves three, let it be." Also be on guard against other poisonous plants, such as poison oak and poison sumac. Be pre pared for all minor injuries-such as cuts and burns-by including a first aid kit in your equipment. When motoring-constantly watch other cars on the road. This may help you avoid an accident, even if other drivers do something wrong. By watching traffic care fully, it is often possible to antici pate situations that might lead to an accident. Take every precaution when you see others violating the rules of safe driving. When starting on a trip-make certain that your car is in good condition before starting on a sum mer outing. Brakes, steering mech anism, lights, tires and other vital parts should be thoroughly in spected. Remember, too, that the older your car gets, the more care fully it should be checked mechan ically. First aid courses are given in most communities by the American Red Cross. Taking these courses will help prepare you to act quickly and efficiently in case of accidental injury.