School’s out for the SUMMER! Stay safe this summer with these summer safety tips that are easy to overlook.
Summer is a time to relax and have fun. But that fun can stop in a hot second when something bad happens to a family member or friend.
Don’t let anything ruin your summer fun by following a few simple summer safety tips.
Summer Safety Tips
Sun Safety Tips for the Summer
Whether you live in the sunshine state, at a high altitude, near water, or love to spend time outside during the summer, staying safe in the sun is super important.
The summer sun can be intense in the middle of the day. Add to that the fact that we wear shorts and tank top leaving lots of skin exposed and it’s no wonder that sun damage and sunburns happen all summer long.
Aside from being uncomfortable, sunburns can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Wear protective clothing, stay in the shade, and apply sunscreen regularly to avoid getting burnt.
This is particularly important when you’re hanging out in or by the water.
Save your skin and yourself this summer.
Heat Safety Tips for the Summer
Along with sun damage, heat is dangerous as well.
Heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and dehydration all pose serious risks during the hot summer months.
The effects are amplified when you’re very active outdoors. Limit runs, hiking, bike rides, gardening, and even walks to the cooler morning and evening hours on very hot days.
Take breaks indoors and cool off.
Stay well hydrated when you’re out and about. Drink water before you leave and take a bottle or two with you.
Dehydration has serious risks including headaches, blurred vision, confusion, and eventually blacking out.
An important rule of thumb is if you start to feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Drink water and seek shade or shelter immediately.
Water Safety Tips for the Summer
Sadly many of those fatal or near-fatal accidents could have been prevented with the right safety precautions.
Start with the summer safety tips in the water below, and most importantly always pay attention around water, particularly with kids around.
1. Don’t Leave Kids Unsupervised
Letís make this point again. Donít ever take your eyes of the kids in or near the water. This is particularly important when there are lots of other adults around. Donít assume someone else is watching them. Thatís when most home pool accidents happen.
2. Always Swim With a Buddy
Donít head out into the water alone, particularly when itís a lake, or the ocean. Swim with a buddy or at the very least, have someone on land thatís watching you and can get help when you get in trouble.
3. Wear Swim Vests When Boating
Yes, they are uncomfortable, but thereís a reason youíre supposed to wear swim vests when youíre on a boat. You wear your seat belt in the car; wear a vest when youíre on a boat.
4. Alcohol and Water Don’t Mix
Alcohol and water don’t mix. Ever. Go for a swim, enjoy your boat ride and save the booze for when you’re back on dry land. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drink and drive a boat. Don’t drink and swim.
What summer safety tips would you add? Leave them below in the comments!