Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a favorite time of year for many people.  The thought of being able to enjoy the outdoors and nature, participating in fun activities outside, it’s all very enticing.  But along with all that sunshine and fresh air you get heat, sometimes combined with humidity. The hotter it gets, the more you need to protect yourself from the potential dangers.  Here are our top tips for safely enjoying the summer months:

  • Drink plenty of water. The body stays cool by sweating and that can cause dehydration. Staying hydrated will keep you cool and protect you from heat exhaustion.
  • Wear a hat. It may seem strange to put a cap on in the summer, but wearing a hat will protect your scalp from sunburn, help shade your face and eyes, and it will keep you cooler.
  • Spend time in the shade.  Sunshine is great but shade will give you a chance to cool off and take a break.
  • Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from the suns’ UV rays which can cause cataracts and more.  Plus, you’ll avoid eye strain and you’ll be able to see more clearly when the glare of the sun is reduced.
  • Remember your pets.  Animals can get too much sun and heat just like people. So remember your furry friends and make sure they have plenty of water and shade.
  • Never leave children (or pets) alone in a hot car.  The temperature in cars gets very hot.  When the temperature outside is 70°, the temperature in the car can climb quickly to 104°.  Direct sunlight makes the temperature even higher.  This is dangerous for anyone, but children and pets are especially susceptible to heat-related injuries or death.
  • Never leave children alone near water, and don’t go swimming alone.  Drowning is a very real hazard for children and teens.  About one out of every 5 people who drown are age 14 and under. And each year, an average of 10 people per day die from drowning.  Always keep within arms reach of children when around water.  And always have a swimming buddy when you take the plunge.
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion:
    • Heavy sweating,
    • Fast, weak pulse,
    • Dizziness or fainting,
    • Nausea or vomiting,
    • tiredness or weakness, and
    • Cold, pale, clammy skin.
  • When you see the signs, get the person into the shade, give them plenty of water and help them to cool down.  Call 9-1-1 if they don’t appear to be improving or pass out.
  • Know the signs of heatstroke: 
    • high body temperature,
    • fast pulse,
    • headache,
    • nausea,
    • confusion,
    • or passing out.
  • This indicates a person in distress and 9-1-1 should be called immediately. While waiting, cool the person down, and provide shade and water.
  • Avoid the mid-day sun. The hours between 10 am and 3 pm are the hottest part of the day.  This is when UV rays are the strongest and the potential for heat-related injuries is highest.

Summer is the season for working and playing outdoors.  Remembering these three words: water, rest, shade. They will help you make the most of the summer days and avoid trouble.  Follow the tips above and your summer activities will be enjoyable for everyone.