Dr. Nick preaches vigilance.
This is the time of year when accidents happen. The sun is out, the snow is gone, and with our long daylight hours, we are back outside working and playing full force. He advises us to stay in the moment and take the necessary precautions to prevent an unscheduled visit to the clinic or the Northfield Hospital Emergency Department.
Nick Krawczyk, MD, a family medicine physician with FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, has seen his share of accidents. Before becoming a physician, he was a paramedic, in the field witness to how lives can become sidetracked from bad timing, distractions or trying to take an ill-advised short-cut.
“I don’t want to squeeze the fun out of our warm weather months and all of the activities we enjoy,” Dr. Nick said, “but I encourage people to take their time and some simple precautions so they can minimize the risks in their work and play.”
Accident prevention starts at home. Here are a few ideas for making your summer safe:
— While doing yard work, resist disabling any of the safety features on your lawn mower, chain saw or power tools.
— Use hearing protection and safety goggles when required.
— When backing out of a driveway, be aware of where the kids are playing.
—- Use car safety seats when you travel, life jackets when you are on the water
— Keep fire arms and ammunition separated and under lock and key
— Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working
— Keep any substance with a warning label and any choking hazards up high, out of the reach of children.
— Take extra precautions around open fire and provide close supervision of children if celebrating with fireworks.
“Summer is a time to have fun and make memories,” said Dr. Nick. “My hope is by being putting safety first, those memories will be good ones.”
For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/Injury/