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Summer Camp Safety Guide

Summer Camp Safety Guide – Keep Your Kiddos Safe!

When you are a kid, one of the things you look forward to during summer aside from not having to go to school is summer camp! And why wouldn’t it be? At camp, kids get their first taste of independence by being away from the watchful eyes of mom and dad, they get to meet new friends and have an enriching experience that will last a lifetime.

For you as a parent though, sending your kids off to camp, whether it be for a day, a week or longer, can be a little scary, but, we are here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be. At Altus Emergency Centers we want to help parents and kids create a summer of happy memories which is why we are sharing our Summer Camp Safety Guide.

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Ask the Right Questions 

As a parent, you have the right to ask as many questions as you need before sending your kids off to summer camp. Here are a few questions we like to ask:

  • Who are the counselors?
  • Who supervises the counselors?
  • What kind of staff training is in place regarding physical boundaries, use of language, and disciplinary actions
  • How are staff screened, do the camp organizers conduct thorough background checks, fingerprinting and most importantly do they check to see if their potential staffer is registered as a sex offender?
  • Ask where everyone is going to sleep, bathe, and change. Counselors, supervisors, and volunteers should never be allowed to change in front of the children.
  • What is the ratio of counselors to campers? The American Camp Association has set the following staffing ratios based on the age of the campers, make sure your child’s camp complies with these:

Age GroupDay CampOvernight Camp
4-5 Year Old’s6:15:1
6-8 Year Old’s8:16:1
9-14 Year Old’s10:18:1
15-18 Year Old’s12:110:1

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Make Sure there is an Emergency Protocol in Place

This is a critical step while evaluating camp options, even though most summer camp activities are safe when planned correctly, we all know an accident can happen at any time, and it is because of this that it’s important for parents to understand the emergency protocols that are in place.

These are some of the key factors you should look for:

  • Find out what kind of medical staff will be on the premises and where your child will receive care should they become ill or be involved in an accident. Feel free to instruct the camp organizers to bring your child to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for any injury that requires emergency medical attention.
  • Ask if the counselors, supervisors, and volunteers are CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certified.
  • Make sure the staff has been trained to recognize common summer ailments like heat exhaustion, and that they know what protocols need to be followed.
  • If your child must take medicine to treat a particular health condition, find out who manages and dispenses the medications, make a point of meeting with them to ensure they understand how and when the medication needs to be administered.
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Research the Camp’s Safety Precautions

There should be a written health policy and prevention protocols, if the camp you considering cannot provide you with these, start looking elsewhere, this is not a safe place for your child to be.

All camps should have these necessary safety precautions:

  • Dehydration protocols; staff should follow a protocol to prevent dehydration, this includes hourly water drinking schedule and shade breaks.
  • Sports camps should have mandatory weigh-ins and weigh-outs to ensure the children have proper hydration and they maintain a healthy weight.
  • The camp must provide lifejackets for water sports like canoeing, or swimming in lakes or rivers. They should also provide helmets and other appropriate gear for activities such as biking, climbing, and horseback riding.
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Don’t Forget the Food

Physical activity will make any kid hungry, as a parent you need to make sure your child will be fed a balanced diet while at camp.

  • Ask what kind of snacks will be provided, are they compatible with your child’s diet?
  • If your child has a food allergy, everyone at the camp should be made aware
  • Make sure all food is stored at the right temperature

Let’s make this a summer to remember for the all the right reasons, Altus Emergency Centers is committed to working with families, summer camp organizers and kids to help minimize the risk of accidental injuries, together we can make this the best summer of our lives!

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Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

If you are ever in need of quality emergency care, you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers. All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Texas Mosquitoes – Don’t Give Them a Biting Chance!

Preventing Texas Mosquitoes From Becoming a Health Hazzard

Summertime brings many joys with it, cookouts, outdoor sports, a leisure afternoon by the pool, or a long hike in the wilderness to name a few; but, alongside all the pleasures of summer come its inevitable nuisances like mosquitoes. 

In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is in the top 20% of states when it comes to the number of people being infected by insect-borne diseases including those transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.  

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently confirmed the first human cases of the West Nile Virus of 2018.

In a recent press release, the Texas DSHS confirmed three cases of West Nile disease reported last week by local health departments in Austin, Dallas, and Galveston. “The first three cases of the year are cases of West Nile fever reported by Austin Public Health and Galveston County Health District and a case of this neuroinvasive disease reported by Dallas County Health and Human Services.”  The very first victim of this mosquito-transmitted virus is a resident of the 75061 zip code of Irving, Texas.  

In this article, we will focus on mosquitoes as they affect the health of people and animals more than any other insect pest, and they are prevalent in urban areas meaning they can affect anyone of us. 

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Common Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Texas 

Mosquito populations exist throughout the state, and unfortunately, our area is no exception. Thankfully, not all species of mosquitoes are disease vectors or carriers; however, carrier species of illnesses like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus, and Zika Virus are known to live in Texas. 

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West Nile Virus

The carrier of West Nile Virus (WNV) in urban Texas areas is the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus). Two forms of the virus can affect humans: 

West Nile Fever (WNF): Symptoms include: fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, back pain, muscle aches, decreased appetite, fever, and about 20-50% of patients develop a rash on their arms, chest, and back. 

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease (WNND): Early symptoms are like those of WNF but don’t include the rash. This type of virus is much more severe because it affects the nervous system and patients can develop encephalitis, meningitis, weakness, or muscle paralysis (commonly on one side of the body), inflammation of the lining of the retina, or a combination of these. This form of the virus requires medical attention as it can be fatal if not treated properly. 

Additional information on West Nile surveillance and a link to current human case counts are available at TxWestNile.org.

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Dengue

Dengue, also known as break-bone fever can be a severe but rarely fatal disease, the more serious manifestations of it are known as dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. It is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and symptoms include:  

  • Sudden onset of high fever 
  • A severe headache 
  • Severe back pain 
  • Severe joint pains 
  • A rash that appears on the third or fourth day of the illness 
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Chikungunya Virus

This virus is transmitted by two types of mosquitoes the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Symptoms include: 

  • Severe fever 
  • Incapacitating arthritic joint pain 

Symptoms typically disappear in 7-10 days, but the pain can linger for years after the infection has cleared. 

Chikungunya Symptoms

Zika Virus

The Zika virus is transmitted to humans mostly by the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes; however, infected humans can spread the disease through sexual intercourse, blood transfusions, mother to unborn child, and during birth. 

Not all patients will develop symptoms, those who do are usually mild and include: 

  • Fever 
  • Skin rash 
  • Red eyes or conjunctivitis 
  • Joint pain 

The real danger of contracting the Zika virus is for pregnant women, as it has been linked to cases of microcephaly when contracted during the first trimester of pregnancy. Microcephaly is a medical condition in newborns, that results in an unusually small head because the brain stopped growing or did not develop properly. 

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Stop Mosquitoes in Their Tracks  

The best way to avoid becoming infected by a mosquito-borne disease is to stay clear away from mosquitoes, now, this might be easier said than done as those pesky little flying creatures seem to be everywhere this time of year, but, there are some ways to stop mosquitoes in their tracks. 

  • Wear EPA-approved insect repellent 
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting long sleeve shirts and pants when you are outdoors 
  • Avoid black or dark clothing, strangely enough, it seems mosquitoes love black 
  • Mount screens on all your doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home 
  • Use mosquito nets over cribs to protect babies especially those younger than two months 
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  • Remove any standing water in and around your house 
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect 
  • Avoid foods like avocados, bananas, and dry foods during your cookouts, mosquitoes are attracted to foods that are high in salt and potassium. If you must have guacamole at your backyard party, keep it covered as much as possible. 
  • Turn on the fan, mosquitoes have a low fly range, windy conditions make it difficult for them to navigate so they will shy away from any windy areas. 

Mosquitoes are an annoying reality for us Texans, one we can’t always avoid. If you happen to be one of the unlucky residents who develops a mosquito-borne disease this summer, remember Altus Emergency Centers are amongst the most qualified facilities to treat your symptoms and help you get back to your summer plans. 

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Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

If you are ever in need of quality emergency care, you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers. All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

4th of July Safety Tips – Celebrate Safely!

4th of July Safety Tips
Declare Your Independence from Accidental Injuries

Happy Birthday, America!

On July 4th, 1776, 242 years ago, our founding fathers declared that all men had the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. At Altus Emergency Centers we want everyone to join in on our nation’s birthday celebration in the safest way possible.

This 4th of July, we urge you to plan your celebration safely, your life and that of your loved ones deserve to be lived to its full potential, but, an accidental injury or illness can destroy your plans for the future in mere seconds.

To help you organize a safe and enjoyable celebration follow these safety tips:

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Summer Food Safety Tips 

Cookouts are a staple of 4th of July celebrations, and we always say the more, the merrier, but one guest you certainly don’t want at your party is salmonella.

 

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is one of the most common bacteria found in improperly cooked foods. Salmonella can quickly grow on foods like eggs, fish, poultry, and other high-protein foods including beans.

Most of the cases of salmonellosis occur during the summer months, a significant number of cases are a result of not refrigerating foods both before cooking and after they are cooked. See the salmonella bacteria can easily grow on any high-protein food that is not stored at the right temperature.

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Symptoms of Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is not usually not fatal, symptoms will manifest 12-36 hours after eating the contaminated food and include:

  • – A Headache
  • – Nausea and Vomiting
  • – Abdominal Pain
  • – Diarrhea
  • – Fever
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How to Prevent Salmonellosis

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling raw foods

Don’t rinse raw poultry meats as you are more likely to spread the germs around the kitchen

Cook Food Properly

Follow this chart to ensure any bacteria is destroyed during cooking:

 

Type of FoodMinimum Temperature
Eggs160°F
Ground Meats160°F
Pultry and fowl165°F
Fresh Meats – Steaks, Chops & Roasts145°F
Fish & Shellfish145°F
Rabbit160°F
Fresh Ham160°F
Reheat Pre-cooked ham140°F

 

* Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education.

Deck Safety Tips 

Decks take center stage during the summer months, but, this outdoor space can take a beating all year-round from sunlight, rain, wind, and other elements that over time can add up to accident-causing damage.

Although fatal deck collapses are rare, deck-related injuries are not. From something as small as a wood splinter to a broken bone from falling off a deck, at Altus Emergency Centers we’ve treated all sorts of outdoor deck-related injuries.

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Deck Safety Tips to ensure the safety of your friends and family this 4th of July.

Take time each year to inspect and maintain your deck space, check for things like:

  • – Missing Lag Screws
  • – Missing Joist Nails
  • – Rotting Posts
  • – Weak Joints
  • – Excessive Wobble
  • – Weak Railings
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Be very careful while grilling on the deck, remember to:

  • – Keep the grill away from any flammable surfaces including wood railings
  • – Never grill under low hanging tree branches
  • – Don’t leave the grill unattended
  • – Don’t use gasoline, lighter fluid, or other flammable substances to light your grill

Fireworks Safety Tips 

We are just going to come out and say it, there is no such thing as a safe firework, even those cute sparklers can cause severe burns, especially in children, after all, they burn at 2000 degrees!

At Altus Emergency Centers every year we treat countless firework-related injuries that include, mild to severe burns, lacerations, and even partial amputations. This 4th of July why not plan to go see a professional firework display rather than having one at home.

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If you live in an area where the selling of fireworks is allowed, and insist on buying some for your home celebration, here is what you can do to prevent any injuries:

  • – Never let your kids play or light fireworks, instead, try giving them glow sticks and bracelets
  • – Create a Safety Zone, keep your kids, pets, and guests at a safe distance from where you are lighting the fireworks, remember not to burn a firework close to trees, shrubs, and other flammable surfaces.
  • – Light the fireworks one at a time and move away from it after it has been ignited.
  • – Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy, and always douse any duds.
  • – Never throw or point a firework at another person or animal.

Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency

Much like our founding fathers thought we should declare independence from the tyrannical government of the British Empire, the staff of Altus Emergency Centers thinks it’s time for you and your family to declare independence from Accidental Injuries and preventable illnesses. We want ya’ll to go out and safely pursue your happiness this 4th of July, and every day after that!

Happy Fourth of July from all of Us!

If you are ever in need of quality emergency care, you will not have to wait in line at Altus Emergency Centers.  All of our ERs are fully equipped and open 24/7.

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

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