Summer Safety Tips for the Whole Family
As the weather warms up, families tend to gravitate to outdoor activities. Walks, swimming, bike riding, and kids playing in the yard just to name a few. With these activities comes risk and lives can be turned upside down by injuries that can be avoided with a little preparation. Below are a few of the common activities and prevention tips to keep your family safe this summer.
Heat related illnesses are very common and serious summer injuries but can be easily avoided by following these tips:
- Wear lightweight, loose fitting, and light-colored clothing.
- Stay Hydrated by drinking ample water and limiting sugary beverages and alcohol.
- Take breaks from the heat. Go into an air-conditioned space, take a cool shower or bath if you feel overheated.
- Never leave children or pets in a hot car, even for a brief period of time.
- Educate yourself and your family on the signs of heat related illnesses.
Many people will choose to spend time in the water during the summer months. Whether it be your backyard pool or spending time relaxing on a boat, remain vigilant with the below tips to avoid safety risks.
- Always supervise children around water. No exceptions.
- Children should always wear life vests or water wings near any body of water.
- If you are on a motorized watercraft always wear a life vest, even if you are a skilled swimmer.
- Avoid alcohol consumption on or near the water.
Bicycles are an enjoyable form of exercise and allow you to explore as a family, but many riders unfortunately do not follow safety guidelines. Below are a few practices to help keep your cycling family safe.
- Always wear a helmet and safety gear.
- Avoid riding after dusk but if you do, ensure that you wear reflective clothing.
- Always keep both hands on the handlebars.
- Make sure that your bike is an appropriate size for the rider.
- Make sure that all components are in good working order before venturing out.
- Tie your shoelaces and tuck them into your shoes so they do not get caught in the gears.
- Do not ride distracted (no texting, headphones, etc.).
- Ride as if you were driving. Stay attentive, focused, and familiarize yourself with the path you are taking.
Children love playing outside during Summer. Whether you’re going to the playground or just staying in the yard, there are ways to keep safety a priority during this time.
- Adult supervision is vital to avoiding injury during outdoor play time.
- Remove tripping hazards (keep backpacks/toys/hoses away from areas where people will be walking).
- Check metal equipment (slides, handrails, and steps) with the back of your hand to test the temperature prior to play.
- Wear sunscreen!
- Use toys and playground equipment as intended.
- Do not use the playground when wet.
Fireworks are a common part of festivities and generally go on sale well before the holiday. It is important to remember a few basic firework safety tips to ensure that we can enjoy the show without injury.
- Never use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Never light fireworks indoors, near people, houses, or other flammable materials.
- Never point or throw fireworks at people, houses, or flammable materials
- Never use illegal fireworks.
- Do not hold lit fireworks in your hands.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks.
- Wear protective eyewear.
Don’t forget about keeping your furry family members safe as well. To keep your pets, and yourself safe around unfamiliar dogs follow these general guidelines:
- Make sure your dog has ID tags.
- Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccines and heartworm/flea and tick preventatives.
- Always make sure your dog is on a leash when you are out in public.
- If you see an unfamiliar dog, ask permission from the owner before approaching the dog.
Andrea Friedhoff is a personal injury paralegal who has been with Brown & Crouppen for four and a half years. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood University in 2010 and has been a practicing paralegal for 11 years.