Summer Safety Tips to Keep You Safe
Schools are out and summer has arrived. As you set your calendar for days of travel, swimming, and outdoor fun, be mindful of safety measures that should be taken during the summer season. Following is a list of tips to keep your summer as safe as it is fun.
Practice Safe Driving
During summer, many folks pack their vehicles and set off for a road trip destination. This could mean extended hours in the car and driving in areas you may not be familiar with. Remember to never drive when you are too tired to do so. Beat exhaustion by stopping to rest and stretch, and if possible, take turns driving with other legal drivers in the car. Additionally, map out your route before getting in the vehicle. It can also be helpful to have specific stops in mind that are on your route to ensure you are not driving longer than you should for any period of time. If traveling with others, assign someone as the navigator. Doing so will help ensure you are not distracted while driving. Lastly, remember to never text while driving in order to protect yourself and others on the road.
Practice Sun Safety
As we welcome summer, we are met with increased temperatures. In Texas, it is not uncommon to have weeks of triple-digit weather days. In the summer months, we are far more prone to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. Be aware of the daily temperature and plan accordingly. If you plan to be outside be sure to drink lots of water and wear appropriate clothing. Sunscreen, glasses, and hats can offer protection for our face and skin. Be sure to listen to your body if you begin to feel light-headed or too hot while outdoors. If this happens, immediately give yourself time to rest, and move to a shaded area or indoors. This is especially important if you are exercising or playing sports. Never push yourself farther than what is safe.
Practice Pool and Water Safety
Gathering at pools, lakes, and water parks is fun but safety should always be the highest priority. Swimming pools, lakes, oceans, and water parks pose unique hazards, especially to children and inexperienced swimmers. Never leave children or an inexperienced swimmer unattended near water. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 4 and accidents can happen within a matter of seconds. Practicing water safety and knowing CPR can save lives. The American Red Cross has readily available resources for parents and professionals regarding water safety and CPR training.
If you own a pool and have young children consider installing a fence around it. That way play areas are completely separated from the water. If a child or swimmer needs flotation devices they still need to be accompanied by a responsible and experienced swimmer. Practice safety by wearing life vests if you are in or around natural bodies of water. Establish rules for your children that you always follow when you are around water and share these rules with other adults and caregivers who may help to tend to your child.
Learning to swim can significantly decrease the chance of drowning for children. You can contact local instructors and swim schools to find out more about lessons in your area to help you and your children prepare and feel comfortable in and around water.
Summer is a time filled with fun, laughter, and memories. Be mindful of your surroundings and practice safety when it comes to travel, high temperatures, and water activities.
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