Summer safety 101

mother applying sunscreen to daughter

June marks the official start of summer. The weather is warm, and everyone is gearing up for a fun season. Whether you’re firing up the grill for a cookout or heading to the pool, remember to stay safe and healthy while having fun in the sun.

Pools and water safety

Taking a dip in the pool is a great way to stay cool under the hot summer sun. Be sure to supervise children closely – designate an adult to watch children in and around the water at all times. If you are a homeowner with a pool, be sure to adhere to local and state laws regarding pools and establish rules for your pool. Click here for more helpful tips about pool safety.

Bicycle safety

Riding a bicycle is a popular summer activity that the whole family can enjoy. To help keep your ride as smooth as possible, be sure to check your bike’s tire pressure and consider adding reflectors, horns or bells, rearview mirrors and headlights to your bike to help you see and be seen while on the road. Also, remember to always wear a helmet and follow local traffic laws for bicyclists. For more important safety tips, check out this article.

Grilling and outdoor food safety

If you’re firing up the grill this season, there are some risks that can be avoided with some mindful preparation – such as keeping your grill a safe distance from objects, keeping it clean, checking for leaks, always lighting your grill with the lid lifted and keeping a fire extinguisher handy. For more helpful tips regarding grilling, click here.

Food safety is another consideration to keep in mind when eating outdoors. It is important to follow safety guidelines for transporting and serving food. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has a great article detailing safe food handling you can read here.

The great outdoors

When spending time in the great outdoors, it is important to be mindful of some risks that being outside can present. Stay protected from sun damage by covering up when possible and using sunscreen every time you go outside. Also be sure to use effective insect repellant and check yourself and your family often for ticks and bites.

Heat and humidity are also a risk to your wellness. Know the signs of heat-related illnesses and try waiting for cooler times of day to do strenuous outdoor work or exercise. Most importantly, when spending time outdoors, stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

It’s also important to be aware of the local weather forecast. Thunderstorms and dust storms can be dangerous – don’t try to outrun them, be prepared to pull over if visibility is low and never drive through flooded roads.

For more tips on staying safe in summer weather, click here.

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