Summer is a time to look forward to each year (especially the kids), filled with long days of sunshine, warm weather, and fun activities to enjoy with your family. It’s a season to create lasting memories with your loved ones, whether it’s lounging by the pool, having a picnic at the park, or going on a family vacation. However, it’s important to keep in mind that summertime can also present unique safety challenges, particularly for families with young children. From sunburn and heat exhaustion to water safety and severe weather conditions, there are many potential hazards to be aware of when enjoying the outdoors during the summer. But don’t let that stop you from having a great time! Keep your family protected with these easy-to-follow home safety tips and enjoy a worry-free summer.
Keep Cool and Hydrated
The summer heat can be dangerous, especially for young children, the elderly, and those with medical conditions. It is important to stay cool and hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Encourage everyone in the family to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid drinks that are high in sugar or caffeine as they can actually dehydrate you. Make sure to keep a water bottle with you when you’re out and about and offer water frequently to children. Staying indoors during the hottest parts of the day, using fans or air conditioning, and taking cool showers or baths can also help keep you cool and prevent heat-related illness.
Practice Fire Safety
Summer brings many outdoor activities like barbecues, campfires, and fireworks, all of which can pose a fire hazard. When using a grill, make sure to keep it at least 10 feet away from any structures and never leave it unattended. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire. When having a campfire, keep it contained within a fire pit or ring, and never leave it unattended. Always follow the rules and regulations in your area regarding fireworks and make sure to follow all safety precautions when using them.
Practice Safe Water Play
Pools and other water play activities are a great way to have fun during the summer, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Always supervise children when they’re swimming or playing in the water, even if they know how to swim. Make sure your pool is properly fenced in and keep all pool chemicals out of reach of children. Teach your children about water safety, including the dangers of diving, running near the pool, or swimming alone. Also, remember to regularly check the pH levels and chlorine levels in the pool to ensure it is safe to swim.
Protect Yourself From the Sun
The sun’s UV rays can cause skin damage, sunburn, and even skin cancer. Protecting yourself and your family from the sun is important. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing like a long-sleeved shirt or pants. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before going outside, and reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating. Avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day and seek shade when possible. It is important to remember that even on cloudy days, the sun’s UV rays can still cause damage.
Make Preparations for Severe Weather
Summer storms can bring lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain, all of which can be dangerous. To prepare for severe weather, make sure to clear gutters and drains to prevent flooding, secure loose outdoor items like lawn furniture, and have a battery-powered radio and flashlight on hand in case of power outages. If a severe storm is forecasted, move to a safe area in your home, away from windows, and wait until the storm passes before going outside.