In the heat of summer, cooling off in the pool is a common activity for kids, especially at camp. Unfortunately, drowning claims as many as 400 children’s lives each year, whether it be at camp or at the family pool. Swimming only under lifeguard supervision is an excellent safety measure; however, one moment of inattentiveness is enough to negate this safety. To enhance swim safety, a company called Aquatic Safety Concepts has created the Wahoo, a device which alerts lifeguards when a swimmer may be in danger. How exactly does it work?
Electronics to the Rescue
The Wahoo gives each swimmer a swimband, which is placed over the head like a headband, and a set of warning lights placed near the water. As soon as the swimband has been underwater for more than 20 seconds, the warning lights flash yellow. After 30 seconds, those lights turn red and an alert sounds. This electronic “set of eyes” can be of great help to lifeguards, especially in darker water. Swimming, however, is just one summer danger.
Don’t Forget About Sun Safety
Whether or not you swim, the sunny days of summer place you at an increased risk of developing melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer. There are, however, preventative measures that can be taken to lower your risks. Applying sunscreen before heading outdoors and re-applying regularly – especially when sweating and/or swimming – is crucial. Minimizing your time outdoors between the hours of 10AM and 4PM, when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are most harmful, will also help lower your risk of developing skin cancer. When you are out in the sun, make sure you wear a wide-brimmed hat and adequate clothing to protect your skin from sun, in addition to the aforementioned.
When Was Your Last Skin Cancer Screening?
No matter how many precautions you take, regular skin cancer screenings are important for detecting skin cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. Contact us today to schedule your skin cancer screening. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating skin cancer. In the event that you have skin cancer, we have Mohs skin cancer surgeons on staff to treat your skin cancer in the most effective, least invasive manner possible. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County (Ridgewood), NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.