Nursing & Health Services

  • Summer Safety Tips from Your School Nurses


    Heat exhaustion can be easily prevented with the right knowledge.  Some practices to consider include: 

    • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing

    • Stay in air conditioning during the hottest point in the day

    • Participate in outdoor activities during the cooler part of the day

    • Stay properly hydrated with water

    • Stay informed by checking your local news for heat advisories


    Sun protection is essential during the summer months to avoid the discomfort of sunburn and to maintain healthy skin.  Ways to protect against sun damage include:

    • Wear a hat 

    • Apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going outside

    • Reapply sunscreen according to the package directions, after swimming or after excessive sweating

    • Purchase sunscreens that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels, as they work best


    Tick bites are always something to watch for, but especially in the summer as more time is spent outside.  Some good practices include:

    • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass

    • Check clothing and body for ticks when coming indoors

    • Shower soon after being outdoors

    • Wear a tick repellant


    Bike safety is extremely important in preventing serious injuries. Some guidelines include:

    • Always wear a helmet

    • Make sure the bike and helmet fit properly 

    • Always cross at a crosswalk, and never between parked cars

    • Practice the use of bike signals

    • Avoid roads that have lots of traffic


    Although some of the best times of summer involve water, water safety is essential when in pools or at the beach. Water safety checkpoints include: 

    • Do not dive into shallow water or water with an unknown depth

    • Swim near a lifeguard or when a responsible adult is on site

    • Be mindful of the currents at the beach

    • Keep an eye out for changes in the weather 

    • Always swim with a buddy

    • Do not fool around near a pool or on a diving board

    • Refrain from running on a wet surface