Summer is just around the corner with its promise of BBQs, pool parties, and relaxing times with friends and family. You can help prevent injury and sickness from ruining your good time by following the summer safety tips below. 

 

1. Use sunscreen.

Purchase a sunscreen with a high enough SPF for your needs – preferably waterproof – and make sure you apply it thoroughly, making sure to cover every exposed part of your skin.

 

2. Avoid heat stroke.

Staying hydrated and in the shade helps keep you cool and one step ahead of the sun’s unforgiving rays.

 

3. Wear loose, breathable fabrics.

Part of staying cool is dressing appropriately, so wear light, breathable fabrics (like cotton) when in the sun.

 

4. Use bug spray.

Mosquitos carry dangerous diseases like ZIKA , Lyme, and Malaria. Use bug spray with DEET to help repel mosquitos and other insects and help keep you and your family safe. 

 

5. Be smart about your food.

Bacteria grow more rapidly in warmer temperatures. When grilling in the summer, help prevent food borne illness by leaving raw meats in the fridge until right before they’re ready to be cooked. 

 

6. Check playgrounds for damage.

Rusty materials and faulty parts could be a recipe for disaster when it comes to playground equipment. Don’t let your children access playgrounds – yours or public – until you’ve check them for potential damage.

 

7. Be militant about using helmets and knee pads.

We know to use helmets and knee pads, but sometimes kids forget. Reinforce the importance of helmet safety with your children so that they know wearing them is an absolute must.

 

8. Remember pool safety.

Don’t run near a pool, and make sure children are never left unattended.

 

9. Avoid poisonous plants.

Poison ivy is no fun and extremely contagious. Learn to spot it and other dangerous plants in your area, and teach your children to avoid them.

 

10. Avoid trampolines.  

They’re fun but they’re also incredibly dangerous. Even with additional netting, the chances of someone getting badly injured using a trampoline are so high that most insurance companies require you to buy additional coverage or won’t insure your home at all!

Summertime is such a wonderful time of the year and an opportunity to bond with your loved ones in the outdoors. Follow the simple summer safety tips above to help prevent unnecessary issues from putting a damper on your good times!