Alex‘s practices medicine at

Bear Lake Family Care Clinic

and Bear Lake Physician’s Clinic


Sun Safety

  • The best line of defense against harmful sun exposure is covering up
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during 10a.m.-4 p.m.
  • On sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Remember that just a few sunburns can increase a person’s risk of skin cancer later in life.
  • Take a water break every twenty minutes while being active in the heat.
  • Wear loose, light-weight, light-colored clothing.

Water Safety

  • Never swim alone. Never leave children alone, even for a moment when swimming.
  • For younger children, use “touch-supervision.” Never be more than an arm’s length away from a small child who is near the water.
  • When boating, always wear a properly fitted life vest. Blow-up toys or devices should not be substituted for a life vest.
  • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.

Bicycle Safety

  • To guard against serious injury, a helmet should always be worn, no matter how short the bike ride. Many serious injuries have occurred in the driveway or sidewalk adjacent to the person’s home.
  • Helmets should be fitted properly, not too large or small. The strap should be fastened so that two fingers can fit between the chin and the strap.
  • A bicycle should be the right size. Oversize bicycles are especially dangerous.

 All-Terrain Vehicles

  • Children who are too young to have a driver’s license should not be allowed to operate off-road vehicles. Children are involved in about 30 percent of all ATV-related deaths and emergency room treatments.
  • Because their nervous systems and judgment have not fully developed, off-road vehicles are especially dangerous for children younger than 16 years.
  • Never ride double. Most ATV’s are designed to carry only one passenger.
  • All riders should wear helmets, eye protection and sturdy shoes.

Lawn-mower Safety

  • Only use a lawn mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.
  • Wear sturdy shoes when mowing.
  • Pick up objects from the lawn before mowing to prevent injury from flying objects. It is best to wear eye-protection when mowing.
  • Never attempt to remove clumped grass while the mower is on.
  • Never allow children to drive a riding lawn mower.

Bug Safety

  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water.
  • To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently back it out by scraping it with a credit card.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases.
  • The current CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months of age is to use 10% to 30% DEET. (The higher the concentration, the longer the duration of protection.) DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age.
  • Always check for ticks at the end of the day when you have been in the woods. Check pets for ticks as well.

Campfire Safety

  • Adults, not children, should start campfires.
  • Children need to be supervised when using sticks, especially metal sticks, when roasting hot dogs or marshmallows. A hot stick placed in the mouth can cause serious burns.
  • Never leave a child unattended around a campfire.
  • A fire should never be left unattended.
  • Put out fires with water and/or by shoveling dirt on and around the fire.

Outdoor Safety

  • Never drink water from an outdoor stream unless an adult says it is safe to drink. Even water that looks crystal-clear can be contaminated. Bottled water is best.
  • Never eat wild berries. Some are poisonous and it can be difficult to know which are safe.  Take your own snacks when you are hiking or camping.
  • Wearing layers of clothing is a good idea. That way, you can take off some layers if you get too hot, but you will also have enough if the weather turns cold.
  • Stick with a group when hiking. Carry along a whistle and use it if you get separated or lost.  If you do get lost, wait in a safe area and stay there until you are found.

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