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Your Guide to Outdoor Safety — Staying Cool While the Sun Shines

It doesn’t matter how long our winter has been, when it’s in excess of 90 degrees outside…I stay inside. I love the sun, not the extreme heat. So on this 97 degree day…I opted for some summer safe “indoor” activities…an artsy read featuring Michelangelo and an afternoon treat of Godiva Chocolate Dipped Oreo Cookies. Perfect pairing for a sweltering afternoon…but for those days when the weather is just right for outdoor fun…here’s some tips for playing it safe.

Dr. Foetisch offers some helpful reminders on staying safe during the summer months when much of our activity moves outdoors. He is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine with a practice emphasis involving the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Foetisch writes…

With the change in the weather, people everywhere are eager to get outside to exercise and work in the yard. As a result, it is not uncommon to see a variety of injuries related to these warmer seasonal activities. Everyone wants to take full advantage of the sun while it shines, but pushing too fast or too hard (in exercise or in work) diminishes any enjoyment the summer brings.

· If you are summer-cleaning inside or outdoors make sure you are using the proper equipment. Resist the temptation to save time (or a little money) by improvising using broken or even partially damaged materials. Safety should always be the priority.

· Also, be careful of “overdoing it.” All too often individuals tackle a big project all at once and end up with a sore shoulder, knee or back. Divide those big jobs into smaller ones and seek assistance if the task involves repetitive or heavy lifting.

· Be careful not to set yourself up for a fall by standing on objects that are not designed to provide support for the weight of the average person. Use steady ladders or scaffolds to ensure a safe standing platform and test them before climbing or standing on them.

· When exercising, remember to ease back into activities such as walking, running, roller blading or tennis. Work your way back up slowly to reduce the risk of injury. If you develop soreness with these activities, back off for a while and slowly resume your exercise program in reasonable increments.

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