What Everyone Should Know About Drowning


When you go swimming in California, odds are you’re not worried about drowning, especially if you learned to swim at a young age. But there is a significant risk when you’re in or on the water, even if you know how to swim. In fact, it is such a problem that it is vital awareness about the risk is encouraged.

Drowning Remains a Large Risk 

The following are a few drowning statistics that showcase just how big of a problem it remains throughout not just California, but the United States:

  • 23% of drownings among children happen in a pool. According to the CDC, 250 children aged five and under drown in pools every year.
  • It is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related deaths amongst children aged four and under.
  • Risk among adults increases due to drug and alcohol use.
  • More than 4,000 people drown in the U.S. alone every year.

How To Reduce the Risk

Follow these tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe when swimming or boating:

  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when swimming or boating.
  • Do not go swimming right after you eat to avoid cramps.
  • If you own a pool, place a barrier around it. A lack of barriers contributes to many deaths.
  • Never let children go swimming without adult supervision. Most incidents involving children occur in familiar surroundings.
  • Review swimming rules with children before taking them near water (not entering the water without an adult nearby, not running around the pool, etc.). 
  • Teach your children how to swim at an early age.

If you plan to be near the water, whether alone or with your children, be sure you understand the risks and take proper precautions. For more California safety tips, visit us at The Benefits Store today.

Keeping Our Beaches Clean

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Beach pollution has been a major problem along the coast of California for decades. It’s one of the reasons why a great effort has been made to get people to clean up after themselves and to volunteer to clean their local beaches.

Unfortunately, many people don’t understand just how damaging littering on the beach can be. To help spread awareness of how important it is to keep our beaches clean, July has been designated as Clean Beaches Month.

Why Clean Beaches Month Is Important

It’s vital that California residents and tourists understand the impact they have on the environment when they visit the beach. Leaving behind trash instead of properly throwing it away can contribute to disastrous, global consequences.

Here are ways in which litter on the beach can cause damage to the ecosystem:

Garbage can cause ingestion problems

Birds or ocean wildlife can swallow garbage, causing blockages in their digestive tracts. This leads to starvation. The ingestion of sharp objects can also puncture their stomachs, causing internal bleeding. Plastic ingestion has been a growing problem. In one study, more than 25% of fish around the world were found to have plastic inside of them.

Trash causes entanglement

Plastic bags, 6-pack holders, cans, string, and more can entangle wildlife. Entanglement can cause circulation loss, amputations, and wounds that lead to bacterial infections. It can also drag and weigh wildlife down, making them more vulnerable to predators or making it difficult for them to feed themselves.

Participate In a Beach Cleanup This Month

The first beach clean-up was organized in 1984. Since then, over 228 million pounds of trash have been collected during organized beach cleanups. You can make a difference by participating in a local beach cleanup.

At the very least, be sure to properly throw away your garbage when visiting the beach. And be sure to pick up and throw away any trash you come across. For more about Clean Beaches Month, visit us at The Benefits Store today.

Protecting Your Skin From UV Radiation


UV radiation is yet another thing that you need to worry about if you plan on spending any time outdoors this summer. After all of the time that everyone’s spent in lockdown, the odds are you’re looking to spend some time outside, whether it’s having a picnic at the park, going for a hike, or hitting up the beaches in California. However you decide to enjoy the summer, it’s crucial that you protect your skin against UV radiation. To help spread awareness about the importance of UV radiation protection, July has been designated as UV Safety Awareness Month.

The Dangers of UV Radiation

UV light can come from any number of sources, including tanning beds. However, the primary source is sunlight. Exposure to UV light can cause your skin to wrinkle and leather over time. Short-term exposure can result in painful sunburns. However, long-term overexposure can lead to more serious issues, such as skin cancer. Skin cancer is a serious problem in the U.S. Roughly 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed every year, according to the American Cancer Society.

How To Protect Your Skin Against UV Radiation

It’s important to understand that you are still exposing yourself to UV radiation even if there’s cloud cover. Just because the sunlight isn’t hitting you directly doesn’t mean the UV rays aren’t getting through. As such, follow these tips if you plan on being outside, whether there’s cloud cover or not:

  • Wear protective clothing – Loose-fitting clothing can help protect your skin, but be sure to wear a hat and sunglasses as well to shield you against UV rays.
  • Stay in the shade when possible – If you’re going to spend an extended amount of time outside, be sure to stay in the shade, whether it’s under the cover of a tree or under an umbrella.
  • Use sunscreen – Whenever you plan to spend extended time outdoors, apply sunscreen to skin that will be exposed to the sun. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

Use these safety tips to protect against UV radiation when spending time outside in California. For more summer safety tips, visit us at The Benefits Store today.

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

As the World Health Organization (WHO) points out, migraine and headache disorders are some of “the most common disorders of the nervous system.”

Although a migraine or headache can be defined as having pain “in any region of the head,” the cause, duration, and intensity of this pain can vary according to the type of headache.

The most common primary headaches

Primary headaches can occur when the pain in your head is the condition. In other words, your headache isn’t being triggered by something that your body is dealing with, like illness or allergies.

These headaches can be episodic or chronic:

  • Episodic headaches may occur every so often or even just once in a while. They can last anywhere from half an hour to several hours.
  • Chronic headaches are more consistent. They occur most days out of the month and can last for days at a time. In these cases, a pain management plan is necessary.

Tension headaches occur if you feel a dull, aching sensation all over your head. It isn’t throbbing. Tenderness or sensitivity around your neck, forehead, scalp, or shoulder muscles also might occur. Anyone can get a tension headache, and they’re often triggered by stress. 

If you are getting headaches more than 15 days out of the month over a period of three months, you might have a chronic headache condition. You should see your doctor to find out what’s wrong, even if you’re able to manage the pain with aspirin or ibuprofen.

Headaches can be a symptom of more serious health conditions, and some do require treatment beyond OTC medications and home remedies.

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Extreme Heat: Tips & Tools to Stay Safe

Did you know? Extreme Heat causes more deaths each year than Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Lightning and Tornados combined!

The number one weather-related killer is Heat, and kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits.

In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and our bodies must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition.

Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

Extreme Heat

HEAT STROKE: What to Look For

High Body Temperature (103 degrees F or higher), hot and red skin, fast and strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, losing consciousness passing out

What to do:

Call 911 as heat stroke is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cooler place, lower the person’s temperature with cool, moist cloths.  Do not give the person anything to drink.


Heavy Sweating, Cold Pale and Clammy Skin, Fast and Weak Pulse, Nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting

What to do:

Move to a cool place, loosen clothes, apply cool wet cloths to the person’s body, sip water

Get medical help if vomiting, symptoms get worse or last longer than 1 hour.

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