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Summer Safety Tips

Jul 2
Category | Helpful Tips

Summer Safety Tips

As we approach the thick of summer, it can be easy to get so caught up in the fun and beautiful weather that we forget the common dangers in our everyday summer activities. Below are some safety reminders to keep in your back pocket while you enjoy the summer ahead.

Sun Protection

Summer often involves “fun in the sun,” but remember to be careful about protecting yourself from the dangers of the sun as well. Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays can increase the risk of skin cancer, so building healthy skin protection habits from an early age is beneficial in the long run. Some basic things you can do to protect yourself are:

  • Stay in shady areas.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts, pants, or some kind of cover-up.
  • Use sunscreen. It is best to put on sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher around 15 minutes before you go out in the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or directly after you’ve sweat or been in the water.
  • Don’t be fooled by cloudy or overcast weather because the harmful UV rays can still get through, even if it’s not sunny.

Water Safety

One of the biggest attractions at any house during a hot summer day is a swimming pool. Whether it be in-ground or above everybody loves to jump into a refreshing pool on a hot summer day. But pools pose many safety concerns if the correct precautions aren’t taken. It is important to ensure that:

  • Every person who enters a pool has been properly trained to swim.

  • A trusted adult should supervise those in the water to ensure their safety.

  • Establish rules and guidelines for pool use and inform everyone of them before they enter the pool.

Stay Hydrated

After spending time in the sun, the body can get dehydrated, so pay attention to how much water you’re drinking. When it’s hot outside, your body needs more water to replenish its fluids. Although the amount of water you should drink daily varies from person to person, a good estimate is to drink as many ounces as half your body weight in pounds. Some symptoms of dehydration can be:

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle cramps

  • Itchy or dry skin

It is always important to be on the lookout for these symptoms, especially with children since it can be difficult to get them to drink water. If you’re having trouble getting your kids to drink more water, try mixing it with fruit juice to make it taste better or use fun cups or crazy straws.

Caution on Ticks

Another thing to be on the lookout for during summertime is ticks.

  • Stay away from bushes and shrubs to reduce the chances of encountering ticks.

  • Wear light colored clothes so it is easier to spot one on you.

  • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants. It will make it harder for ticks to get to your skin, and even tucking your pants into your socks can offer more protection.

  • Once you come inside:

    • Check your hair and skin for any ticks.

    • Wash your clothes with hot water.

If you do find a tick on you, don’t panic. It usually takes about 36 hours for the tick to release the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. For more info on removing check out the CDC’s recommendations.

Food Safety

If you want to enjoy the summer weather during your mealtime, an outdoor BBQ, lunch at the beach, or a picnic in the forest are great activities to do. However, in the heat, you have to be extra careful about how you are storing your food when you go outdoors so it doesn’t spoil or get contaminated.

  • Use ice packs in your travel coolers to keep bacteria from spreading in the heat.

  • Keep any raw meat in a separate cooler from your other food and drinks.

  • Bring hand sanitizer or wet wipes when you’re eating on the go if washing your hands isn’t an option.

Pet Safety

Pets are a beloved member of any home, which is why it’s so important to keep them safe during the hot summer months.

  • It is important to make sure your pets have plenty of water to ensure they don’t get dehydrated during the warm weather.

  • Fleas, ticks, and other parasites are especially active in the summer than other seasons, so it is important to always check your pets and make sure they have the proper vaccines and medications to protect them from the illnesses associated with these bugs.

  • Walks should be done early in the morning or later in the afternoon so that they avoid being outside when the heat is at its peak. The sun heats up concrete and asphalt throughout the day which can be painful for your pet’s paws. It will also protect them from getting dehydrated and exhausted.

Mosquito Prevention

If there is one thing everyone hates about summer, it’s the mosquito bites. To be proactive about limiting the amount of mosquito traffic you get around your home:

  • Get rid of any standing water in things like baby pools, bird baths and flowerpots because mosquitoes only need ½ an inch of water to breed.

  • Make sure your screen windows and doors are free of any tears so mosquitoes can’t get inside your home.

  • Replace your outdoor lights with yellow "bug" lights, which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.

  • Several flowering plants repel mosquitos and look amazing in your garden too. For example, lavender,  bee balm, and scented geraniums (also known as citronella).

  • Mosquitos can be attracted to certain things you wear or how you smell, so avoid wearing dark colored or floral clothing and any sweet-smelling perfume or cologne.

Summer fun is truly something special, but summer safety should always be a priority for you, your friends, and your family. There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors and warm weather. Use these easy tips to avoid bug bites, sunburn, and other pesky problems. Enjoy your summer and remember to stay safe!