HUMBLE, TEXAS (July 01, 2014)

Summer is finally here and that means fun in the sun. Swimming, biking, and Fourth of July celebrations are all activities that kids look forward to; however, these activities also can present dangers to the very kids who enjoy them. Alex Volkov, M.D., medical director of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital’s Emergency Center has seen his share of patients who are suffering from “too much fun in the sun.” He’s sharing some tips to help make your family’s summer a fun and safe one.

Water Safety

Harris County has more drowning deaths for individuals under the age of 18 than any other county in Texas. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, drowning is the nation’s leading cause of death for children ages one to four, and the second for kids ages five to 14. Dr. Volkov suggests these tips to keep your children safe while they splash:

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are caused by exercising or playing in a hot, humid environment where the body becomes dehydrated, Dr. Volkov says. If heat exhaustion progresses to heat stroke, it can be fatal. That’s why he asks you to consider these tips to keep your children cool during outside play:

Bike Safety

In 2012, more than 270,000 children were seen in emergency rooms for injuries from riding bicycles. Follow these tips to protect your kids while they pedal:

Fourth of July Firework Safety

Fourth of July and fireworks go hand-in-hand, but if not handled properly, fireworks can cause serious injury. Before lighting that sparkler, Dr. Volkov asks you to study these safety tips:

Sun Safety

Summer is a perfect time to soak up sunshine, but too much sun exposure can be harmful and can cause skin and eye damage, immune system suppression, and even skin cancer. Dr. Volkov says your kids can have fun in the sun if you follow these tips to protect them:

For more information about Memorial Hermann Northeast, call 713-222-CARE (2273).