As the weather warms up, it becomes more and more important to use safe practices when you’re outdoors. From weather and wildlife to water safety, there are many things to keep in mind as you’re enjoying the summertime. Use these tips to ensure that everyone in your family has a safe and fun day in the sun.
Avoid Heat Illness
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can occur before you even realize what’s happening. In order to prevent these potentially life-threatening conditions, use caution when you’re outside in the heat. Don’t do yard work during the hottest part of the day– get your work in during the morning and the evening. Be sure to stay hydrated, especially if you do have to be outside. Work in the shade whenever possible, and take regular breaks in an air-conditioned area.
Use the Pool Responsibly
Don’t use the pool alone– always use the buddy system, even if you’re a confident swimmer. Accidents can occur that can create a dangerous situation for anyone. Children should be supervised at all times, and young kids should use flotation devices. Keep electrical objects like phone chargers away from the water. Also, don’t dive into above-ground pools or the shallow end of in-ground pools, as this can cause injury. Be sure to put a fence and gate around your swimming pool if you’re concerned about someone or something getting in that shouldn’t.
Be Cautious in Bad Weather
Summer weather is known for its unpredictability. A freak thunderstorm or even tornado can arise at a moment’s notice. If you’re outside and the forecast is looking a bit suspicious, be sure to keep an eye on it. Evacuate the swimming pool at the first sign of thunder. Thunderstorms can also bring hail, so make sure that you move to a covered area immediately. If you’re caught in a storm that has high winds, take shelter in a windowless room.
Watch Out for Wildlife
Stinging insects come out in droves as the weather heats up. A member of the family could have an allergy to bee stings without even realizing it, so it’s critical to exercise caution. Honeybees and bumblebees won’t sting unless provoked, but wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets tend to be quite aggressive. Safely removing nests will keep the levels of these dangerous insects to a minimum. To avoid mosquito bites, use insect repellent and burn citronella torches or candles when you’re outside. Exercise caution in grassy areas, as these can be home to dangerous creatures like snakes, ticks, and spiders.
Use caution as you’re spending your summer outdoors and you can enjoy the season with fun in the sun, without fear of injury or worse.