Hot Weather Safety Tips
By Editorial Staff
by Catalogs.com Info Guru Terri Wallace
Summer is full of fun in the sun.
It is also full of sunburns, bug bites, grilling mishaps, and dehydration—unless, of course, you follow these summer safety tips to help keep you safe while you enjoy the pleasures of summertime.
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10. Use Sunscreen
A deep, dark tan can be more than just a sign of summer…it can also be a sign of sun damage. Make sure to wear a sunscreen with a high SPF, and reapply it often. Be especially mindful of delicate facial areas, the tip of the nose, the top of the ears, and the back of the hands; these areas often have more sun exposure and show damage before less exposed areas.
9. Repel Bugs
Bugs can cause more than itchy bumps, they can also spread disease. Bug repellent, citronella candles and electronic deterrents can help keep bugs at bay. Also make sure that your window screens are free of holes and tears, and avoid allowing water to collect around your home. Stagnant water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.
8. Heat Safety
In order to stay safe during the dog days of summer, you need to know the signs of heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. When possible, stay inside during the hottest time of the day. Make sure to check on the elderly and other individuals who are more susceptible to the heat.
7. Stay Hydrated
One way to handle the heat of summer is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cold water and avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine, which can actually contribute to dehydration. When outside, pack plenty of environmentally friendly water bottles to help ensure you that you have enough clean, cold water to ward off dehydration.
6. Fire Safety
With BBQs, bonfires, fireworks, and even draughts, it is easy for fires to get out of control. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy whenever there is an open flame, and before lighting a bonfire or firework, check for any burn bans that might be in effect in your area. It is also wise to check with your local weather to see if there are high winds that could carry a spark or ember and cause a flame to get out of control.
5. Drink Responsibly
Summertime is party time. To stay safe while imbibing, make sure to always have a designated driver, to know your limit, and to be mindful of your surroundings in order to stay safe. Remember, if you drink so much that you don’t actually remember the party, it couldn’t have been much fun.
4. Animal Safety
Animals need extra attention during the summer to keep them safe. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and shade to help them tolerate the summer heat and sun. It is also important to provide protection from summertime pests like fleas and ticks that can make your pet uncomfortable—even sick.
3. Car Check-Up
A quick check at the mechanics can keep your car running smoothly—and keep you safe—during summer. Make sure to check the coolant, tire pressure, and air conditioning to ensure that your car keeps you cruisin’ this summer.
2. Food Safety
Picnics, family reunions, and BBQs are part of summer. Unfortunately, an uninviting guest sometimes makes an appearance at these events–food poisoning. Be mindful of how long the food has been left out and, if in doubt, go without.
1. First Aid Refresher
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Swimming, hiking, canoeing, and biking—these are all opportunities for danger to strike. Be prepared to handle minor emergencies with a first aid refresher course. Whether you need to perform CPR, splint a leg, or use a tourniquet, you will be prepared!
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