Whether you are at work or spending your day swimming, hiking, motorcycling or simply enjoying the outdoors, it is important to know the potential hazards involved in any activity.
POOL & WATER
- Anywhere there is water, there is a danger of drowning – never swim alone!
- An adult should be within an arm’s reach away from infants, toddlers, and weaker swimmers.
- When on a boat and in open water, all individuals should wear a life jacket, particularly children.
BARBECUE & FIRE SAFETY
- Keep grills at least 10 feet from other objects, including the house and bushes.
- Keep children away from the grill and never leave it unattended.
- Never use the grill inside a home or garage.
- Store propane tanks in the garage, not in the house!
- The sun is the strongest between 10am – 2pm. Limit the amount of time spent outside during these hours.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, 30 minutes before going outside – reapply every 2 hours.
- Two or more sunburns before the age of 18 doubles the risk of later developing melanoma.
- Recognize the signs of heatstroke and exhaustion – fatigue, confusion, extreme thirst, cramping and dizziness or nausea.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and limit intense physical activity on really hot and humid days.
- Monitor those at high risk – infants and young children, those 65 years or older, people who are overweight, and those who may already be physically ill.
- DO NOT leave children or animals in the car!