Health Hub: Summer Safety Guide

Having fun in the Central Florida sun.

Choosing when and where you play is as important as choosing what you’re playing. Mornings and evenings are best for outdoor activities in Florida’s summer heat because the temperature can range up to 20-degrees cooler than it does in the afternoon.

What to Wear

  • GORE-TEX® shoes are ideal, but other fabrics work very similarly
  • Sunscreen-rated SPF 30 or higher
  • Synthetic fabrics designed for wicking moisture away such as nylon, polyester, polypropylene, rayon, and spandex blends are naturally UV-resistant
  • Well-ventilated clothing, shoes and socks

Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke

If you or your child experience the following symptoms, you should immediately move to a cooler place, stop exercising, and cool down by pouring chilled water over your head, ears, neck and wrists, or use wet cloths, compresses and fanning.

  • Cool, moist skin
  • Diziness, lightheadedness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness

Back-to-School Physicals & Vaccinations

If you’re like most parents, you probably greet the end of summer with a mixture of emotions. Of course, it’ll be great to get the kids back to a normal schedule that keeps them busy. Most importantly, you’ll need to get your child an appointment for his or her back-to-school physical exam — as well as any needed vaccinations — before classes begin again. You can get your child’s back-to-school and sports physicals from one of Florida Hospital Medical Group’s board-certified family doctors or pediatricians. The exam is covered by most major insurance plans.


“Prepare your family for a safe season with a summer first-aid kit. Collecting essential medications and prescriptions in a light bag with multiple compartments makes it easy and convenient to be ready for minor emergencies.”
–Robert Chong, MD

Lake Mary | College Park



  • Alcohol wipes
  • Cooling sports towel
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Gauze, tape and scissors
  • Hydrocortisone (1%)
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fevers or pain
  • Insect repellant (30% DEET)
  • Emergency prescription medications (such as epinephrine or an albuterol inhaler)
  • Thermometer
  • Triple-antibiotic ointment
  • Tweezers
  • Water bottle
  • White-petroleum jelly (Vaseline)

To find the perfect primary care physician or pediatrician for your family, call (407) 988-2226. Or visit for a customized search by zip code. All of our physicians are part of the Florida Hospital Care Network.‚Äč

Florida Hospital Medical Group is the Orlando area’s most comprehensive multi-specialty medical group practice. With nearly 600 board-certified physicians, our group provides patients with a broad range of medical and surgical services across more than 40 medical specialties.

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