Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer vacation is a time for relaxation and outdoor fun, but it’s also a time to be extra cautious.  Unfortunately, summer vacation safety is usually the last thing on anyone’s mind.

It doesn’t matter if you are going away on vacation, or planning the ultimate staycation this summer, safety should always come first!

Here are some of our best summer vacation safety tips for staying healthy during a busy summer.

Stay Safe on the Road

If your plans involve driving this summer, here are a few helpful tips to keep you safe and make sure you get to your destination as scheduled.

  • Get your car serviced before you head out. Regular maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotation go a long way toward preventing breakdowns
  • Check your tire pressure, wear and make sure your spear tire is in good condition
  • Make sure all the lights in your vehicle are working, including your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and internal lights as well. If you are towing a trailer, make sure the lights on it are also functioning
  • Check your radiator, make sure it doesn’t have any leaks, and it has the fluids and coolant needed for your engine to work properly
  • Inspect your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear, replace them if they do.
  • Check you’re A/C! A faulty air conditioning on a hot summer day can affect people especially children and older adults as well as pets
  • All passengers must wear their seat belts while the car is in motion
  • Always respect road signals and remember to share the road
  • Never drink alcohol while driving

Beware of the Sun

Everyone wants to have that kissed by the sun look during summer. But regardless of how nice a suntan might seem; the truth is when your skin tans it’s a sign of sun damage.

Exposing yourself to too much sun can cause wrinkles, and worst of all, it raises your risk of developing skin cancer.

To protect yourself, remember to:

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and reapply at least every two hours
  • Wear sunglasses and look for sunglasses with a UVA/UVB rating of 100% to get the most UV protection.
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10 am and 4 pm

Keep Hydrated

We know we have talked about the importance of staying hydrated before. However, since it can be challenging to stay hydrated while we are on vacation, we feel it bears mention again.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as these can cause dehydration
  • Eat plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Exercise with Caution

We always recommend you stay active year-round. However, during the hot summer months, you should exercise early in the morning when the temperatures are lower, and the sun rays are less intense.

To avoid the painful muscle spasms known as heat cramps, try drinking an electrolyte beverage. Sports drinks will replace the salt and other minerals lost during perspiration.

Beware of Critters

Bugs can be annoying, but their bites can be painful and, in some cases, serious health risks. Mosquitos and ticks can transmit diseases, so it is best to repel them as much as possible by using insect repellent.

The EPA recommends the following safety points:

  • Read the instructions before you apply repellent to ensure you know how much to use
  • Only apply repellents to exposed skin or clothing, not under clothing
  • Don’t use on cuts, wounds or irritated skin
  • Do not let children handle repellents, and don’t apply to their hands
  • Apply to hands and then apply on the face. Don’t apply or spray directly onto your face
  • You should avoid breathing sprays so don’t spray repellent in enclosed areas, or around food

Check Your Medications Before You Go

If you take prescription drugs for any condition, make sure you pack enough of them to last the whole trip.

Take into consideration the storing conditions your medication needs. For example, some medications need to be refrigerated; others might be more sensitive to sunlight.

Vacation time is full of activities, and because of this, it is easy to forget your medication, but you should take special care not to skip a dose.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

Eat Healthily

There is nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence during your vacation. However, you should try to keep your portions in check and avoid eating too many high-calorie meals.

When possible, avoid the all you can eat buffets, as the variety of options will make it hard not to overeat.

Staying safe this summer should be your number one goal; however, sometimes, no matter how much we plan accidents happen. That is why Altus Emergency Centers has locations throughout East Texas, remember we are always near you in times of need.  

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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!

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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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, 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.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Cuts and Scrapes – When to Go to the ER

When to go to the ER or Urgent Care for Cuts and Scrapes

When it comes to cuts and scrapes, our bodies can take quite a beating over the years. Luckily most of the incidents we will experience will be minor injuries which won’t require medical attention.

However, there will be instances where we might not be sure if we need medical attention or not, and if we do where should we go for treatment, the Emergency Room or an Urgent Care center?

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How to Tell If Your Cut or Scrape Requires Medical Attention?

Scrapes can usually be treated at home with the use of an antibiotic ointment and a thorough cleaning. Determining if your cut is deep enough to warrant seeing a doctor, however, is not always easy, but, we can safely say that your wound will require stitches and possibly other medical attention when:

  • The cut is deeper than a ¼ inch and gapping or jagged
  • The cut was made by a dirty or rusty object
  • Fat, muscle, bone or other deep body structures are visible through the wound
  • The cut is over a joint and continues to open every time you move the joint
  • After 10-15 minutes of applying direct pressure, the cut is still bleeding
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If you feel your injury requires medical attention, then you should know that the sooner you see a doctor, the better. You should be checked by a medical practitioner preferably within a few hours of being injured, as this will help reduce the risk of infection and minimize scarring.

If your cut was caused by a dirty or rusty object, you will require a tetanus shot if you haven’t had one within the past five years. Tetanus is a disease caused by bacteria that is transmitted through open cuts or wounds.

So, how can you know if your wound can be treated at an urgent care center or if you need to go to the emergency room instead? Here is a helpful guide to help you make an informed decision:

Visit Altus Emergency Centers When:

  • You have a deep gaping wound where muscles, veins, subcutaneous fat or bone are exposed
  • Your injury has cut through a major vein or artery, and the bleeding won’t stop
  • The cut is over a joint
  • The edges of the cut are jagged and uneven
  • It’s a deep or long facial laceration
  • You have an object embedded in the wound (don’t try to remove it on your own, this should always be done by a physician)
  • A partial or complete amputation such as a severed finger or any that has resulted in the partial or full removal of an appendage or tissue from on your body
  • You’ve sustained a scalp cut
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Visit an Urgent Care Center When:

  • The cut requires stitches, but the edges are straight, and even that can easily be pushed together
  • Shallow facial cuts
  • Cuts and scrapes that are embedded with dirt
  • Minor animal or human bites
  • Non-life-threatening wounds that were caused by a dirty or rusty object

An urgent care is good for a minor emergency.  However, you can save time, money and a great deal of pain by knowing when to go directly to the emergency room.  To learn more about the different types of Cuts & Scrapes and Treatments, Cuts and Scrapes.

Cuts and Scrapes – ER or Urgent Care?

Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7 and will always be available to treat non-life-threatening injuries that would typically be handled by urgent care clinics when these are closed.

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

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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, 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 no wait times.

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!

Summer Camp Safety Guide

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

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

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.

Summer Outdoor Safety – Tips to Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Summer Outdoor Safety

Summer is finally here, if you needed an excuse to spend more time outdoors, then look no further, June is Great Outdoors Month and National Camping Month, imagine all the fun you can have during these long sunny days.

Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy nature; there is no better feeling than to sit around a campfire, telling stories, singing, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping under the stars with your favorite people, be it your family or a group of friends.

As fun as being outdoors is, spending too much time in the sun can carry serious consequences.  At Altus Emergency Centers, we have selected a few summer outdoor safety rules to help you enjoy the best of summer without regrets.

To avoid ruining your fun activities, follow our summer outdoor safety tips!

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How to Stay Safe When Out Camping

To ensure your camping trip is a memorable experience for all the right reasons remember to:

  • Never build your campfire under low trees or branches, never leave a campfire unattended, and always put out the flame before going to bed.
  • Don’t approach wild animals, don’t try to feed them, and never disturb them while they are sleeping or eating. Stay away from mothers and their babies.
  • Keep your food in airtight containers, and your camp as clean as possible to avoid attracting wild animals.
  • Separate raw foods some cooked foods. Cook foods to proper temperatures and chill any leftovers promptly.
  • – Wear bug spray.
  • Watch out for poisonous plants; we recommend you do some research about the possible poisonous plants around your camping area, make sure everyone in your family knows how to recognize them.
  • Take a first aid kit that includes: band-aids and bandages, cotton swabs, sterile gauze pads, antibiotic cream, sunburn ointment, aspirin or ibuprofen, eye drops, thermometer, antibiotic soap, tweezers, small pair of scissors, heat, and cold packs, first aid manual, eye drops, as well as snake bite kit.
  • Keep a list of medications, allergies, and medical conditions for each person going on our camping trip. Make sure to include the contact information of their doctors and the nearest Altus Emergency Center.
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Enjoy Your Water Activities to the Fullest

Whether you are planning to go fishing, boating, paddle boarding, tubing, water skiing, swimming, surfing, or kayaking, water safety measures should always be your priority.

  • Don’t go into the water alone, it is best to enjoy any water sport or activity with someone else, not only is it more fun, they can help you if you have an accident.
  • – Regardless of how good a swimmer you are, always wear a lifejacket while out at sea, lakes, or rivers.
  • Check the weather forecast before you venture out; paddlers should pay attention to wind and fog conditions near shore, surfers and swimmers need to be vigilant of rip currents. If you are going fishing or just taking a boat ride in open waters, you need to be cautious of strong winds, and rough seas as your boat could capsize.
  • Protect your skin, wear plenty of waterproof sunscreens, and reapply often.
  • – If you know you are going to be in cold waters, consider wearing a wetsuit. Water temperatures as warm as 75° – 80°F can pose a risk for hypothermia.
  • Label your gear with emergency contact information and any medical conditions or allergies you may have.
  • Always supervise children who are in or around bodies of water.
  • – Water sports and alcohol are not good partners. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or sports drinks but avoid alcoholic beverages.
The long days of summer are meant to be enjoyed outdoors, plan your vacation with plenty of time, take as many precautions as you can and remember Altus Emergency Centers are always close by to help you in case of an accident.
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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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