Summer Safety


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Knowing how to stay safe is important when spending the summer months at the pool, doing yard work or traveling to a beach or hiking.
Summer is full of opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, so stay informed about health and safety practices! 

Safety Tips

1. Checking the weather before you go outside.
Knowing what the weather will be like for the day, will help you prepare to keep safe.
2. Applying sunscreen before you head out for the day.
Applying sunscreen often will protect your skin from long-term damage. Sunburn is a common summer injury and frequent exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer.
3. Wearing the right clothes will provide additional skin protection from the sun.
Light-colored and lightweight clothes can help reflect the sun, keeping you cool and safe. Wearing a hat with a wide-brim will protect your face and neck. In addition, wearing sunglasses is important to protect your eyes from the sun.
4. Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.
Drinking plenty of fluids is important while enjoying all your summer activities. Avoiding sugary and alcoholic drinks may cause you to lose more body fluids, so water is best! Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink, it may be a sign you are already low on fluids.
5. Pack a personal first aid kit  to help with common summer injuries, such as:
  • Antibiotic ointment and band-aids for minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Sunscreen to apply often in the sun.
  • Bug spray for mosquitoes and bug bites.
  • Aloe Vera to soothe sunburns.
  • Hydrocortisone cream to help with itchiness from insect bites or poison ivy.
6. Being alert/safe around open water and pools.
Drowning is a leading cause of death among young children and teens. Backyard pools pose the highest risk for children under the age of five. It is very important to be aware of your surroundings.
7. Prevent heat-related illness by recognizing the warning signs to prevent serious health complications.
Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, occurs when your body cannot properly cool itself. Be alert to these warning signs:
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramping
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Pounding heartbeat
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, go indoors immediately, drink water, and splash your body with cool water to lower your body temperature.
8. Practice car safety by never leaving children or animals inside of a car.
The temperature in a closed car can rise quickly and can become a deadly place, even if it is a moment.
  • Never leave children or animals alone in a parked car, even when they are asleep or restrained, and even if the windows are open.
  • Always check your car, front and back, before locking the door and walking away.