Summer Safety Tips
Whether you’re leaving town on a dream vacation, grilling with friends, day-tripping at local parks or cooling off at the pool, we’ve got you covered! Check out our suggestions to keep your family safe, happy and healthy all summer long.
Have Fun in the Sun
There’s nothing better than getting out into the day and soaking up the sun. But too much of a good thing can sometimes result in heat-related illness. Take a look at these sunny day safety tips:
Know when skin needs protection most. The sun’s at its strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Take care to bring along protective clothing like hats and breathable long sleeve shirts to protect exposed skin.
Apply sunscreen liberally, and frequently. Pick up sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) around 15-30, that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it about a half hour before you head outside. Remember to re-apply frequently — check the instructions on the bottle for details.
Look for sun burn warning signs. The human body will let you know when it’s had too much sun. If the skin’s hot to the touch, or if it’s looking pinkish or red in exposed areas, that could be trouble. Sunburn in advanced stages will look like small blisters and often comes with a headache and nausea. Be sure to seek medical attention if these symptoms are present.
Wear eye protection. Sunglasses that block 100% of UVs are also a great way to protect your kid’s sensitive eyes.
Grill Safety Smarts for Summer Barbeques
When it’s time for a cookout, you know summer’s in full swing. But before you fire up the grill, check out our go-to grilling advice:
Grill away from structures. By keeping a safe distance from the house, your grill is already a safer place to flip those burgers. Charcoal fires can climb high when lighter fluids in use, so be sure to have clearance above the grill.
Pick up a fireproof grill pad. Under-the-grill, flame retardant mats are a great addition to the patio, and can really help to protect your deck.
Check your propane tank and hose for leaks. By adding a few tablespoons of dish soap to water in a spray bottle, you’ll have soapy water that’s perfect for inspecting. Fire up your gas grill and then spray down the hose and regulator, looking for bubbles. If you see them, you’ve got a gas leak. Turn off the grill and replace the faulty part.
Have a fire safety plan. Controlling a grease fire on the barbeque can be tricky. Throwing water on it can make it worse, so be sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby. Another good option is to keep a small box of baking soda near the grill.
Water Safety Starts With Supervision
Beating the heat at the local pool? Have your kids drink plenty of water to keep hydrated, and review these swimming safety tips for at home or swimming at a local pool:
Watch your little ones. Be sure you always know where the wee ones are playing in the pool. Take turns with other adults keeping an eye on young children. Help them stay safe with life jackets or other NTSB-approved vests.
Swim with lifeguards on the lookout. Kids should only swim in public pools where lifeguards are assigned to watch swimmers. If none are available, an experienced swimmer should keep a watchful eye on them.
Fix the fencing. If your home’s got a pool, take a walk around the perimeter and look for breaks or other ways kids can sneak in. Verify that you’ve got a self-closing gate and be sure the latch is closing securely. Here’s some more important information about homeowners and swimming pools.
Cover spas when not in use. If you’re going to be using a hot tub, be sure you’ve got a cover for it and attach the cover between uses. Make sure kids know to keep long hair away from the intake drains at the bottom of the tub.
Know What to Do When the Weather Turns
It wouldn’t be summer without storms. Prepare for tornadoes by taking precautions, making a storm plan and knowing what to do when hail strikes or the power goes out.
Download a weather app. Advanced warning on dangerous storms can really help you to make preparations and move to safety. Look for well-reviewed weather apps that get you real-time updates on approaching weather.
Have a plan for severe weather. One of the smartest things you can do for your family is to plan for the unexpected. Spend time preparing for bad weather, you’ll be able to quickly get to shelter in your home with supplies and items you need to ride the storm out.
Help your kids manage the stress. When the clouds roll in and the thunder starts to pound, your kids can get stressed out quickly. But with a little preparation, you can make a foul weather activity kit to keep young minds active during storms.
Summer Fun Riding Safety Tips for Kids
Summer means putting the wheels in motion, literally! Make sure everyone’s wearing protective gear when biking or cruising on any other set of wheels this summer.
Be sure the helmet fits the head. As your kids grow, so does their skull. If last year’s helmet is starting to expose too much forehead, it may be time to pick up a new one. Pull those straps tight so that the helmet doesn’t move around too much.
Get knee and elbow pads for scooters and skateboards. In addition to a well-fitting helmet, avoid scrapes and scabs with a good set of pads.
Start the summer with bike safety training. Take a bike safety course at a local community center, or sit down with your kids and watch a few bike safety videos.
Examine the fit of the bike. Kids can outgrow their bikes quickly. Take a look at how they’re riding. Be sure they’re riding a bike that fits them.
Always lead your kids. Children should follow their parents when biking in groups. You’re a better judge of trouble than they are so be sure they’re following your lead.
Ride on sidewalks when possible. Be sure your kids use sidewalks, stay away from cars and know how to look carefully at intersections before proceeding through them.
Having a great summer is all about celebrating with family and friends. With a little preparation and a smart safety-first attitude, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your days in the sun.