As we welcome summer, let’s make a pact to get outside more!
Get outside, get healthy
Lucky we live Maui
School breaks and extended holidays are meant to be fun and carefree. Putting safety first helps ensure you make the most out of your well-deserved break. Here are a few quick tips to follow from mauka (mountain/inland) to makai (ocean):
- Research the hike area including terrain, trail length, and possible weather conditions.
- Pack proper equipment including appropriate shoes, a first aid kit, flashlight, sunscreen, and lots of water.
- Hike in a group and keep track of
those in your party. Always let someone know where you will be hiking and how
long you expect to be gone.
- Never turn your back on the ocean.
- Never swim alone. Swimming in numbers dramatically reduces the risk of injury and drowning.
- Pay attention to signage on the beach for dangerous conditions.
- Know your limits. When in doubt, don’t go out.
- Swim only in safe lifeguarded areas. No one can anticipate changing ocean currents, rip currents, sudden storms, or other hidden dangers.
- Wear sunscreen, and reapply!
|Helmet Safety Tips from Kula Hospital Emergency Department Manager, Rachel Corah: Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, skateboard or skates, and make sure it fits correctly! |
Here is how you know your helmet fits right:
The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead – one or two finger widths above your eyebrows. Center the buckle under the chin. Adjust the side straps to form a “Y“ shape slightly under the ears. One finger should fit between the chin and