Summer Safety Tips
A refresher on water safety is always a good thing. Click here for tips on how to keep your children safe in and around water. If you're going to be outside, don't forget the sunscreen! And here are some general summer safety tips, too!
Severe spinal injuries can occur if people dive and hit their heads on the bottom of a pool or body of water. Do not dive in water that is unfamiliar to you. Even if you know the depth of a river or lake, keep in mind that depths can change over time.
Fireworks are dangerous, so the safest thing to do is avoid them. But if you don’t, always, keep flames away from you and the fireworks pointing away.
Keep the festivities festive. Always watch children and pets when grilling outdoors, and never
bring a grill inside if the weather turns bad.
To avoid life-threatening heat stroke (a core body temperature above 104° F), avoid strenuous activities during the middle of the day when temperatures are high. Wait until the cooler evening hours to do yard work. Stay hydrated with plenty of water.
Protect yourself while riding. Children and adults should wear helmets when riding bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards or all-terrain vehicles. The most effective way to prevent head
injuries is to wear a properly fitting helmet.
Beware of those pesky pests. Wear insect repellents, especially when hiking or camping, to
prevent Lyme disease (spread by ticks) and West Nile virus (spread by mosquitoes). Cover
soda cans to prevent attracting bees.
Never let any sit on your lap when using a rider mower, and don’t allow children in the area you are mowing. Wear sturdy shoes (not sandals) in case the mower slips.
Don’t get burned. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher whenever you spend time in the sun, and reapply it frequently. Sweat and water cause some sunscreens to lose their effectiveness.
Swim only in designated swimming areas, and always swim with a buddy. You never know when you might get a cramp.