Summer Safety

Summer Safety

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.


  • 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.


  • 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!