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Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

Aug. 4th, 2023

The summer season is a time when there are plenty of fun outdoor activities to do. However, it’s important to stay safe while enjoying all that summer has to offer. Here are some summer safety tips to keep in mind.

Effects of Heat

During the summer months, the heat can cause you to sweat and lose hydration during the day. It is a good idea to stay vigilant when the temperature rises. Here are some heat-related summer safety tips to help you stay protected from the negative effects of high temperatures:

  • Be aware of the UV index
  • Wear sun protection
    • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats are some key ways to help protect your body from the sun
    • Ensure that your sunscreen is SPF 30 or higher to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. You should research the right sunscreen for your activity level and how much time you will spend in the sun
    • Your sunglasses have 95% to 100% protection to protect them from UV ray damage1
  • Wear the correct clothing
    • Clothes can protect your body from the sun’s rays.
    • Make sure the fabric is lightweight and breathable to prevent overheating2
  • Be aware of heat-related illnesses
    • The elderly and children are the most at risk for heat illnesses
    • To lower your chances of having a heat-related illness, avoid strenuous exercises, stay hydrated, and stay in shaded areas
    • Some symptoms of heat-related illnesses are:
      • Nausea, fatigue, dizziness, heart palpitations, and muscle cramping3

Water Safety

One of the best parts of summer is all of the water activities there are to enjoy. From swimming to boating to jet skiing, there are fun activities for everyone. Here are some water summer safety tips to stay safe:

  • Make sure you that you always supervise young children in the water
  • Wear a life jacket in deeper waters
  • If you see someone drowning, throw an emergency flotation device out to them and call 911
    • Do not go into the water yourself in case it is unsafe
  • If you see lightening and or hear thunder, get out of the water immediately
    • Stay out of the water until at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder
  • When at the beach, only swim when there is a lifeguard present

 Protection From Bugs

While outdoors, it is not uncommon for there to be mosquitos and other pests flying and crawling around. Even though some bugs may seem harmless, it is still important to be aware of any bites or red spots that you find on your skin.

  • If you are going outside, wear shirts and pants that cover up your skin
  • Do not go off trails while hiking
  • Avoid being outdoors during dusk and dawn because those are the times when mosquitos are out most frequently. Mosquitos are known to carry diseases that can transfer to a person when they bite you.4
  • Wear bug repellant
  • Check for bug bites and seek medical treatment if necessary
  • Do not touch or provoke any unfamiliar bugs

Plan For Emergencies

It is always better to be prepared instead of caught off guard. Whether they are weather or health-related, emergencies unfortunately do happen, and it is important to make sure you plan ahead and have the necessary tools.

  • Keep a first aid kit in your car, purse, and backpack in case you were to need it2
  • Keep a weather emergency first aid kit in your house with:
    • Non-perishable food
    • Water
    • Bright flashlight
    • Medications
    • First aid kit
    • Portable phone charger5

Grilling Precautions

There’s nothing better than turning on the grill and cooking some juicy burgers and steaks. While grilling, there are tips that everyone should keep in mind:

  • Make sure your grill is far away from your home
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill, especially while cooking
  • Never leave the grill while cooking4
  • Clean the grease off as it begins to build-up on the grill

Protect Your Pets

Pets are part of our family, and we have to make sure they stay safe as well. Here are some pet summer safety tips to help keep your furry friend safe:

  • Never leave your pet in the car unattended
    • Temperatures can quickly rise inside of a car and become much greater than the temperatures outside
  • Just like humans, pets can also suffer from a heat stroke
    • Some symptoms of a heat stroke are: heavy breathing, fast heartbeat, and dark red gum color
  • Do not let your pets walk on the asphalt
    • The asphalt can get extremely hot, so it is best to have them walk on the grass

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