By: Lee Boyland
As we approach summer, we are drawn to the outdoors for many fun activities! Swimming, cook outs, boating and fireworks to name a few are all synonymous with summer, right? Memories are made when we’re enjoying time with family and friends out in the blue skies and sunshine, and I wanted to share a few safety tips to ensure the best times possible:
- look for UVA and UVB or “broad spectrum” coverage.
- Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am – 2 pm, so protect your skin!
- Read more from the CDC here
- Insect repellent – especially because both ticks and mosquitos seem to be really prevalent in Indiana right now. Look for repellents with an EPA registration number. More insect repellent safety from the EPA found here
- Heat Stroke – look for these signs:
- Body temperature greater than 104
- Loss of consciousness
- Grilling safety…
- Place the grill away from buildings, decks and trees
- Keep kids safely out of reach of the grill
- Remove grease buildup, which can cause unexpected flames to occur
- Fireworks – fireworks are a lot of fun, and it’s best to leave large-scale fireworks to the professionals, but if you do decide to put on your own fireworks show, here are a few tips:
- Know and obey the local laws. Many cities have strict laws on the dates and hours fireworks can be set off.
- Use fireworks outdoors in an open area, and move away from the firework immediately after it’s lit
- Protect your pets during fireworks. Many of them become nervous when they hear fireworks!
- Read more here
- Wear a life jacket. ALWAYS.
- Make sure your boat operator has taken a course on operating the boat. The majority of boating accidents are caused by operator error.
- If feasible depending on where you’re boating, get a boat safety check for FREE – vesselsafetycheck.org
BE SAFE – BE SMART – HAVE FUN!