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5 Summer Safety Tips

Summer is on the way - here's how to make sure that you stay safe.

Summer officially kicks off on June 20, bringing an entire season of exciting outdoor adventures, camping trips, and quality time with friends and family. While the warmer temperatures and extra daylight are hallmarks of the season, it's important to keep several safety steps in mind during the summer months. From poolside days to backyard barbeques, here are the top tips that you should know.

Beach BBQ

Beat the Heat - and the Sun

If you're planning on soaking up the sun, staying hydrated, and regularly applying sunscreen are two important factors that can reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses. If you're feeling overheated, seek out a shady area or bring along an umbrella for some quick relief from the sun's rays. For those long beach days, pack a sun hat and a long sleeve shirt to keep your skin covered from the summer sun.

Keep the Insects Away

While the warmer weather is nice, it's also the best time of year for insects to put a damper on the day. They may be an important part of the environment, but insects can put a damper on an otherwise beautiful, sunny summer day. Insects like mosquitoes can also carry diseases like West Nile, Zika, and Dengue Fever. If you're working outdoors, the NSC recommends using an EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET and wearing long-sleeved clothing.

Know Your Water Safety Strategy

An average of 10 people drown each day in the United States, with 74% of drowning incidents involving younger children happening in residential locations. Anyone who is heading to a lake, river, pool, ocean, or any other body of water this summer should keep several swimming safety tips in mind.

  • Don't go into the water unless you know how to swim.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Learn how to perform CPR.
  • Never fight a current. Stay calm and float with the current or swim parallel to it.
  • Never drink alcohol when swimming; stay alert at all times.
Beach Ball on the Water

Backyard BBQ Safety

Firing up the grill is one of the best parts of the summer season, but taking a few extra precautions can help improve your safety. Always keep your grill 10 feet away from the nearest structure, making sure to thoroughly clean and check it for gas leaks on a regular basis. When grilling, always keep water and a fire extinguisher nearby to handle flare-ups and be prepared for an accidental larger fire. Never leave the grill unattended.

While there is no way to guarantee that an accident won't happen, taking precautions and following the latest safety government safety guidelines and recommendations helps you ensure that your fun in the sun is safe from beginning to end!

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