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Tips on Staying Safe While Having Fun in the Sun

 

Tips on Staying Safe While Having Fun in the Sun

by Amy Lignor

 

Those rays are upon us! Sitting by the pool, enjoying those lazy days at the beach with the kids, jumping into that swimming hole to get cool from the summer heat. All of these case scenarios are a whole lot of fun and everyone wants to do them. After all, that’s what summer is all about – having rest and relaxation before the winter winds and blowing snow come back into the picture. But what many fail to remember are the illnesses that can come from being out in the heat too long, or the accidents that can happen when it comes to swimming or even grilling over the campfire. Most every illness and/or accident can be avoided; all you have to do is take minor precautions, be attentive, and not let the sun become a negative.

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WebMD is a site that reports on various heat/summertime-related illnesses. It is a fact that during the summer people often show up at the doctor with a heat-related condition, ranging from mild dehydration to more severe heatstroke. The symptoms of too much exposure to the sun can include nausea, dizziness, headaches and even confusion. So how can one avoid this? Actually, quite easily. Be mindful of the temperature outside and note that the warmest hours of the day range between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. When the sun is high in that sky, make sure to drink water. Staying hydrated at all times can keep your body and mind healthy.

 

The second issue that doctors want to remind people of comes from swimming injuries. Trauma can happen from jumping into a body of water without knowing what may be underneath, so check your surroundings. Note it there are rocks or seaweed growths that can get you hurt or tangled beneath the water’s surface. A boating or swimming injury can happen in the blink of an eye; a small child can fall into the water if unattended, so make sure to have at least one adult supervising the kids at all times. Especially when having a pool party or a group of friends over to grill out on the patio. Rotate who will watch the children at play, but always make sure that at least one set of focused eyes are upon them at all times.

 

When it comes to the third most common bracket of summertime injuries, they occur when grilling or building a campfire. Not to mention, cuts from kitchen knives as more and more outdoor cooking takes place. Again, adult supervision is required when it comes to children who love to attempt to touch the flames. Adults can also make the very common mistake of squirting lighter fluid onto hot coals and burning themselves. The easiest way to stay safe is to apply lighter fluid to coals when they aren’t lit, letting the fluid soak in. That way you avoid any burns that could occur. In addition, when talking about the campfire, make sure that attention is also paid when the fire is put out. It is quite easy to start a much larger fire if you disregard this process. Just ask Smokey.

 

Another summertime illness comes from food poisoning. Food-borne illnesses peak in the summer because “hot temperatures and humid conditions provide the optimum breeding ground for bacteria to multiply rapidly.” (U.S Department of Agriculture) Take into consideration during your summer barbecue that the food is properly cooked. Stop the ‘rare’ when it comes to hamburgers – make sure that beef is well-done. In addition, make sure the fruits and vegetables are washed properly and (along with that coleslaw) not left out in the scorching heat for a long period of time. And always make sure to wash those hands before eating.

 

Last, but definitely not least, comes from the treatment of rashes and insect bites which both escalate during the summer. With long days spent outdoors, it’s normal to see rashes that stem from things like poison ivy and sumac. Insect and tick bites are also common and, in some cases, will require an antibiotic. A great many areas of the country have to deal with tick-borne diseases more and more as the presence of ticks continue to escalate. Just be sure to use insect repellant and keep an eye on any bumps or swelling on the skin that grow in size. There are a variety of websites that will offer you tips when it comes to keeping you and your family safe from ticks and mosquitos, so read up on that expert information before heading out into the woods this summer.

 

As you can see, with very little work you can make sure the family remains safe while enjoying that much-needed fun in the sun!

 

Source:  Baret News

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Affect 40 Million U.S. Vehicles

 

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Affect 40 Million U.S. Vehicles

By Burt Carey

Safety air bags on as many as 40 million U.S. automobiles are on the Takata Corporation’s short list for recalls, according to published reports this week.

The Japanese air bag manufacturer has been under pressure by U.S. transportation officials to Air Bag recall, safety, U.S. automobiles, Takata CorporationNHTSA, defective Takata air bag listreplace air bag inflators that could be defective and cause metal shards to fly outward from a deployed air bag. Takata air bags have been the source of the largest automobile safety recall ever, and it could be getting a lot bigger.

Eleven deaths have been attributed worldwide to defective Takata air bags, which deploy with too much force and, in some cases, have been known to send pieces of metal throughout a car’s passenger compartment.

Fourteen automakers have initiated their own recalls of 24 million automobiles. But early this week, talk within the industry suggested that Takata is preparing to announce a recall of an additional 35 million to 40 million vehicles.

Neither Takata nor the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would comment on the rumors of a larger recall. “NHTSA has reviewed the findings of three separate investigations into the Takata air bag ruptures,” said NHTSA spokesman Bryan Thomas. “The recall of Takata air bag inflators continues and the agency will take all appropriate actions to make sure air bags in Americans’ vehicles are safe.”

“Takata is working with regulators and our automaker customers to develop long-term, orderly solutions to these important safety issues,” said Takata spokesman Jared Levy. On Tuesday he would not confirm that Takata would expand its air bag recall.

Last month, NHTSA said there were about 85 million unrecalled Takata air bag inflators in U.S. vehicles that need to be proven safe or recalled by 2019.

The rumored new recall would make repairs to inflators in all front-compartment air bags that do not have a drying agent, and about 35 million passenger-side and some driver-side air bags without a drying agent. It is also expected to include some air bags that were previously replaced that did not have a drying agent.

See the alphabetical list below to find out if your car is on the list for defective Takata air bags:
Acura

2003 Acura 3.2CL

2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL

2013-2016 Acura ILX

2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

2003-2006 Acura MDX

2007-2016 Acura RDX

2005-2012 Acura RL

2009-2014 Acura TL

2010-2013 Acura ZDX
Audi

2005-2013 Audi A3

2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabrio

2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabrio

2009-2012 Audi Q5

 

BMW

2008-2013 128i

2008-2013 135i

2008-2013 1 Series M

2000 323i

2002-2006 325Ci

2002-2003 325iT

2001-2011 325i

2001-2011 325xi

2002-2003 325xiT

2006-2012 325xiT

2000 328i

2006-2013 328i

2006-2013 328xi

2006-2013 328i xDrive

2001-2011 330i

2001-2011 330xi

2002-2006 330Ci

2006-2013 335i

2006-2013 335xi

2006-2013 335i xDrive

2009-2011 335d

2007-2013 335is

2002-2003 525i

2002-2003 530i

2002-2003 540i

2001-2013 M3

2002-2003 M5

2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i

2013-2015 X1 xDrive28i

2013-2015 X1 xDrive35i

2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i

2003 X5 3.0i

2003 X5 4.4i

2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i

2007-2013 X5 xDrive35i

2007-2013 X5 xDrive48i

2007-2013 X5 xDrive50

2007-2013 X5 M

2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d

2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i

2008-2014 X6 xDrive50i

2008-2014 X6 M

 

Chevrolet

2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

 

Chrysler

2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen

2005-2010 Chrysler 300

2005-2010 Chrysler 300C

2006-2007 Chrysler Crossfire

2005-2010 Chrysler SRT8

 

Daimler

2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500

2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500

2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500

2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500

2007-2014 Freightliner Sprinter 2500

2007-2014 Freightliner Sprinter 3500

2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500

2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500

 

Dodge/Ram

2008-2010 Dodge Challenger

2006-2010 Dodge Charger

2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

2004-2008 Dodge Durango

2005-2008 Dodge Magnum

2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500

2003-2009 Dodge Ram 2500

2003-2009 Dodge Ram 3500

2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500

2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500

 

Ford

2004-2006 Ranger

2005-2006 GT

2005-2014 Mustang

 

GMC

2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500

2007-2008 GMC Sierra 3500

 

Honda

2001-2007 Accord

2001-2005 Civic

2003-2005 Civic Hybrid

2001-2004 Civic CNG

2002-2011 CR-V

2011-2015 CR-Z

2003-2011 Element

2010-2014 FCX Clarity

2009-2013 Fit

2013-2014 Fit EV

2010-2014 Insight

2002-2004 Odyssey

2003-2008 Pilot

2006-2014 Ridgeline

 

Infiniti

 

2003-2005 Infiniti FX35

2003-2005 Infiniti FX45

2001 Infiniti I30

2002-2004 Infiniti I35

2006 Infiniti M35

2006 Infiniti M45

2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

 

Mazda

2004-2006 B-Series Truck

2003-2008 Mazda6

2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6

2004-2005 MPV

2004-2008 RX-8

 

Mercedes-Benz

2005 C230 Kompressor

2006-2007 C230

2008-2011 C300

2008-2011 C300 4Matic

2005 C320

2006-2011 C350

2009-2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

2010-2011 E350

2010-2011 E350 4Matic

2011 E350 Cabriolet

2010-2011 E550

2010-2011 E550 4Matic

2011 E550 Cabriolet

2010-2011 E63 AMG

2009-2010 GL320 BlueTec 4Matic

2011-2012 GL350 BlueTec 4Matic

2009-2012 GL450 4Matic

2009-2012 GL550 4Matic

2010-2012 GLK350

2010-2012 GLK350 4Matic

2009-2010 ML320 BlueTec 4Matic

2009-2011 ML350

2009-2011 ML350 4Matic

2010-2011 ML450 4Matic Hybrid

2009-2011 ML550 4Matic

2009-2011 ML63 AMG

2007-2008 SLK280

2007-2008 SLK350

2007-2008 SLK55 AMG

2011-2014 SLS AMG

2012 SLS AMG Cabriolet

2013-2014 SLS AMG GT

2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic

2009-2010 R320 CDI 4Matic

2009-2012 R350 4Matic

2011-2012 R350 BlueTec 4Matic

 

Mitsubishi

2004-2006 Lancer

2004-2006 Lancer Evolution

2004 Lancer Sportback

2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

 

Nissan

2001-2003 Nissan Maxima

2002-2006 Nissan Sentra

2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder

 

Pontiac

2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe

 

Saab

2005 Saab 9-2x

2003-2011 Saab 9-3

2010-2011 Saab 9-5

 

Saturn

2008-2009 Saturn Astra

 

Subaru

2003-2005 Baja

2004-2005 Impreza

2003-2008 Legacy

2003-2008 Outback

 

Toyota

2003-2008 Corolla

2003-2008 Corolla Matrix

2004-2005 Rav4

2002-2007 Sequoia

2003-2006 Tundra

2002-2010 Lexus SC

 

Volkswagen

2009-2014 CC

2012-2014 Eos

2010-2014 Golf

2010-2014 Jetta Sportwagen

2006-2010 Passat

2012-2014 Passat

 

Source:  Baret News