It's time to gear up for summer!

Whether you're planning to fix up your home, stay in shape or simply enjoy the outdoors, making sure you have the right gear will keep you safe from head to toe.

At Doctors Care, we're ready to help if something goes awry. Here are a few tips to help you keep the emphasis on fun this summer.

Home repairs

  • Use goggles for even simple yard work, to protect your eyes from flying objects.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves and avoid sandals.
  • Sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat will protect you from the heat.
  • For the sake of comfort and safety, plan outside work for mornings and evenings, when it's cooler.
  • If you're sensitive to pollen, a bandana or facemask will help filter the air.
  • For work overhead - trimming trees, repairing roofs or painting houses – first check your ladder to make sure it's in good shape. Once it's passed your inspection, position it on level ground and away from power lines.
  • If you're using an A-frame ladder, make sure it's locked into place.
  • Never use the top rung as a step unless your ladder was designed that way.
  • Make sure you drink enough. Liquids with caffeine, alcohol or lots of sugar actually work against you – water is best. If you're exercising in the heat, doctors recommend three or four quarts a day.

Working out

  • No matter the time of day, runners should wear light- or bright-colored clothing so passing cars can see them.
  • A reflective belt or vest is a great addition, as well.
  • If you're on a longer run, remember that water bottle.
  • Pay attention to your shoes, too. Worn footwear can cause muscle strain, shin splints or even stress fractures. Replace your shoes every 350 miles or so. Unsure of how many miles you put on? If you try on new shoes and they feel remarkably more cushy and comfortable, it's time to replace your old ones.

Keeping kids safe

  • Check all gear at the beginning of the summer. Growth spurts can catch you by surprise and leave last year's bike helmet a poor fit.
  • Inspect bikes, scooters and skateboards to make sure they're in good working order.
  • Look closely at any swing sets or play structures. It's always a good idea to tighten bolts and screws even if they don't appear to be loose.
  • Check your first-aid supplies as well to make sure you have the basics on hand. Bandages to cover boo-boos big and small, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and antibiotic ointments are musts. Include cotton balls and cotton swabs, too.
  • Make sure the family is up-to-date on tetanus shots so they'll be protected in case of a deep, dirty wound.

And if an accident happens that you can't handle at home, remember that Doctors Care is nearby, with convenient weekend and evening hours and a clinic close to your neighborhood. At Doctors Care we work around your life.