Summer is the time when most people want to indulge in sunbathing, cool dining and swimming. However, the hot season comes with risks if proper care is not given to body and mind. So, when you or your children move out in the summer season, make sure you follow these tips as they will ensure you have a safer summer of fun.
Here are the top 10 summer safety tips to improve your summer experience:
1. Prevent Sunburns
Make sure you apply organic sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun for any longer than 15 or 20 minutes. If you have children ages 7 months and older, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
You should always reapply sunscreen after sweating or swimming.
2. Water Safety
If you own a swimming pool or a small wading pool for your kids, make sure to install safety fences around the water feature. This will prevent accidental drowning. However, if such an incident does occur, make sure you are equipped with CPR and first-aid training skills to help you keep the victim alive until the ambulance arrives.
3. Insect Stings and Poisonings
In the hot season, you need to ensure that your outdoor area, including garden, lawn, and backyard is clean and clear of poisons and insects. In addition to this, evacuate any beehives, wasp nests, spider webs or others to protect yourself and your family from insect stings.
4. Prevent Vehicle Accidents
Children often love to play outside in the summer evenings. They usually play near or on the street, which increases the likelihood of vehicle accidents. Talk to them about staying safe and be sure they understand to always be on the lookout for vehicles. Make sure you have knowledge of CPR and first aid so you can help your child should he or she be hurt.
5. Prevent Falls
Falls from decks and out windows are at the maximum during the hot months of the year. Make sure your windows are not open over 3 inches. Also, try to have window guards and do not leave any furniture near the windows, which could entice a child to climb and topple out.
6. Make Your Children Wear a Sports Helmet
Children love to indulge in summer sports such as bicycling, skating and rollerblading. In order to prevent sunburns and accidents, make them wear a sports helmet.
7. Fireworks Safety
If you have any special events or occasions this summer that you will be celebrating with fireworks, light them far from the reach of children and keep a bucket of water nearby as a safety precaution.
8. Cover Up
To protect yourself and your children from sunburn, wear loose-fitted clothing made from breathable fabric. Also, wear a hat that covers face, head, ears and neck if you plan to be outside for more than 15 to 20 minutes.
9. Wear Sunglasses
Wear sunglasses to avoid damage to your eyes and accidents caused by sun blindness.
10. Cut Down On Alcohol Consumption
For most people, the hot summer brings pubs, clubs and barbeques on the patio. However, too much alcohol can dehydrate you and leave you at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Alcohol also increases your risk of developing several types of cancer, including liver, breast, colon and rectum, larynx, esophagus, mouth and pharynx. According to research, consuming any type of alcohol including wine, beer, or spirits could increase your risk of cancer.
Besides being preventive in the summer, being equipped with the knowledge of CPR and first aid will give you confidence in being safe and keeping your children protected from accidents, as well.
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