Summer safety tips from Resolute Health Hospital

SAN ANTONIO – School’s out for summer, which means it’s time for lazy days by the pool and fun in the sun.

Paul Mittelsteadt, the ER Manager at Resolute Health Hospital, shared a few summer safety tips to keep in mind while you enjoy the next few months.

First, Mittelsteadt pointed out the dangers of grilling, saying it causes almost 9,000 house fires a year. 

“Never grill underneath an overhang, and you should never grill on a wooden porch,” he said.

July is the peak month for grill fires, so watch out for warning signs.

“You should never be able to smell the propane,” Mittelsteadt said. “If you do, you need to stop what you’re doing.”

Another safety reminder is about swimming. According to Mittelsteadt, drowning is the number one cause of death for children under 6, and children under the age of 1 are even more at risk.

“It only takes two minutes once a child is out of your sight for a child to suffer a drowning,” he said.

Finally, it’s important to be extremely cautious with fireworks.

While they’re fun for the Fourth of July, fireworks and sparklers are extremely dangerous in a child’s hands.

Even “safety sparklers” can start a fire or cause severe burns.

Mittelsteadt reccomends having young children play with glow sticks instead.

For more ways to stay safe this summer, visit www.ResoluteHealth.com or call (830) 500-6005.