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Summer Safety Tips for a Fun Summer

May 23rd, 2013 - 1:39 PM

Have a safe, fun summer with these safety tips!

Here at U-Pack®, summer is our busiest time of the year. And it’s likely that after being cooped up inside all winter long, you’re ready to get busy having fun this summer. But before you let loose, get to know more than 100 summer safety tips to ensure a safe summer worth remembering!

100+ Summer Safety Tips for a Fun Summer

  1. Spray your family with insect repellent when outside to keep mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects from biting you.
  2. Wear light-colored clothing when you are outside because it reflects the heat, while dark colors absorb the heat.
  3. Do a tick check every night.
  4. Never leave your kids alone near or in a pool, no matter their age or swim level. According to SafeKids.org, more than 830 kids ages 14 and younger die due to unintentional drowning.
  5. Check playground equipment before kids use it. Check for hot surfaces, unsecured ropes, and protective surfaces.
  6. Kids should wear closed-toed shoes and close-fitting clothing while on the playground.
  7. Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  8.  Make sure your kids’ bikes fit, as they may have grown taller since last summer.
  9. If you are in a wooded area where poison ivy might be present, wear clothing that protects your skin if you accidentally brush up against it.
  10. Avoid food poisoning by making sure that foods containing milk, eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, and mayonnaise aren’t kept at room temperature for more than an hour. Properly wash and store fruits and veggies, too.
  11. If you are traveling to a cookout, be sure to separate raw meat from ready-to-eat foods to avoid contamination.
  12. Stay hydrated! Always keep a refillable water bottle nearby or a sports drink with electrolytes to maintain hydration.
  13. Read this post all about the signs of heat exhaustion.
  14. To keep from getting sunburned, use sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  15. Apply sunscreen first, then insect repellent.
  16. Try to stay in cool areas, especially when you’re outside. Find shaded areas to do your outside work, or wait till the sun goes down.
  17. Don’t leave children or pets in a parked car unattended no matter what the temperature outside may be.
  18. Instead of using fireworks at home, go a community fireworks display run by professionals.
  19. Don’t wear bright colors or flowery prints while outside. Bugs will gravitate toward you.
  20. Rollerbladers, skateboarders, and scooter riders should wear protective gear like elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards, as well as a helmet.
  21. Ensure that each family member has taken a hands-on safety training course before operating an ATV.
  22. Wear eye and hearing protection when using a lawn mower.
  23. Pack plenty of fresh water for your family and your pets if visiting the beach.
  24. Always wear a life jacket when on a boat in open water.
  25. Never run around the pool.
  26. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from other objects, like the house.
  27. Never leave your grill unattended.
  28. The sun’s heat is typically strongest between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so limit time outside during these hours to prevent heat exhaustion.
  29. Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing when outside.
  30. Wash hands with soapy water before and after handling food.
  31. Wear UVA and UVB protected sunglasses.
  32. A hat can protect the top of your head from absorbing heat while outside.
  33. Always buckle up!
  34. Don’t dive into less than nine feet of water.
  35. Buy a new helmet if the one you own is too big, too small, or cracked.
  36. Alcohol and water-related activities don’t mix.
  37. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  38. Never use your grill inside your home or garage.
  39. Apply sunscreen, even on an overcast day.
  40. Wear bright clothing or use something that reflects like so that others can see you while biking.
  41. When biking, go with the flow of traffic.
  42. Each member of your family should know how to administer CPR.
  43. Choose sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  44. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.
  45. Don’t let you kids use a public restroom alone.
  46. All members of your family should know how and when to dial 9-1-1.
  47. For younger children, cut food like hamburgers and hot dogs into smaller pieces to prevent choking.
  48. Take regular breaks from swimming.
  49. Keep children away from the grill.
  50. When camping, build campfires away from dry grass and leaves.
  51. Never leave a campfire unattended.
  52. Put leftover food in the fridge within two hours of cooking.
  53. Use a headlamp and reflectors for nighttime bike riding.
  54. Keep antibacterial wipes or gels on hand to clean up after an outdoor cookout.
  55. Keep a shepherd’s hook and a life preserver by the pool.
  56. When other kids come over, make sure you have their parents’ contact information on hand.
  57. Keep a spray water bottle or fire extinguisher around in case of a fire flare up while grilling.
  58. Make sure all at-home playground equipment is secured properly in the ground and in good working order.
  59. Always use a charcoal lighter fluid for your grill, never kerosene or gasoline.
  60. Walk or jog on grassy surfaces vs. hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete, as softer services provide lower impact on your knees and ankles.
  61. Be in an air-conditioned area when at all possible. If you don’t have air-conditioning at your home, go to a public conditioned place like a library.
  62. Swim only in designated swimming areas.
  63. Wear sturdy shoes while mowing.
  64. Check out these great tips for moving in the heat.
  65. Cover your soda cans to prevent bees from attracting.
  66. Defrost meat, poultry, or fish before you put it on the grill.
  67. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date and toss if it’s expired.
  68. Always be aware of the daily heat index. As the heat index rises, so does the risk for heat-related illness.
  69. Have a fully-stocked first aid kit nearby.
  70. Carry a cell phone with you wherever you go in case of an emergency.
  71. Warm your muscles up and stretch before performing any type of exercise.
  72. Check your car’s buckles for hot temperatures during the summer.
  73. Park under covered parking when available.
  74. Install a secure barrier around your pool for added safety.
  75. If you see a snake, leave it alone. Read more about getting rid of pests here.
  76. When hiking, make noise as you walk to scare snakes out of your path.
  77. If you see a snake and know it’s poisonous, do not try to kill it or remove it yourself. Instead, call the local animal control to remove it.
  78. Shake out your shoes, towels, and clothes before using them. Scorpions love to hide in these places.
  79. Avoid using fragrances like hair sprays, scented soaps and lotions during the summer, as they attract bees.
  80. Keep medications nearby, especially for the elderly.
  81. Pick up rocks and sticks in the yard before you start mowing.
  82. If you have a garden, make sure everyone in the family knows when they can eat the fruits or veggies.
  83. Dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade their necks.
  84. Avoid caffeinated, sugary drinks.
  85. Make sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas to rest.
  86. Get the kids out of the car first, then your groceries and other items.
  87. Empty all buckets, pails, and bathtubs after use.
  88. Exercise, work, or play outside in the early morning or in the late evening when temps are much cooler.
  89. Make sure children know that it’s never safe to play in a car, especially during the summer.
  90. Let your car cool off before you drive it.
  91. If you let your windows open to get a cool summer breeze, make sure they are properly secured so children cannot fall out.
  92. Don’t feed wild animals.
  93. Fill holes in your backyard to prevent potential injuries.
  94. Dispose of charcoal properly and make sure it is not touched until completely cooled.
  95. If you have a tree house, make sure it is in tip top shape for the kids to play in during the summer. Look for signs of rot or damage.
  96. Wear a heavy apron and long oven mitt while grilling.
  97. Limit the number of people allowed on the trampoline at a given time.
  98. An adult should always light a fire pit.
  99. Pools should be in compliance with the Pool and Spa Safety Act. Go to www.poolsafety.gov to learn more.
  100. When swimming in open water, use the “touch” rule. The touch rule means that you can all touch each other at any given time during the swim.
  101. Review stranger safety with your children.
  102. Review house rules if the child is home alone.
  103. Don’t let your children play close to the street.
  104. Set limits on where your kids can ride their bikes and play outside.
  105. Always keep your car locked so children do not accidentally trap themselves inside.
  106. Check your yard for poisonous plants.
  107. Have fun! After all, it’s summer!

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