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Summer Safety Tips

July 14, 2015

After the worst winter on record, warm weather and long, summer days are finally here. Keep your summer both fun and safe with these seasonal safety tips:

Safe summer swimming

summerWhether at the beach or in the pool, safety measures around water are a must. Enjoy swimming to keep cool and have fun, but keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Always use sunscreen. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended.
  • Be aware of any weather changes. Get out of the water if you hear thunder or see lightening.
  • Don’t swim alone.
  • If you have a pool, an adult in your household should know CPR and know what to do in an emergency.
  • A four foot high fence around your pool with a self-fastening lock is necessary.
  • Cover the pool when not in use.
  • Never leave children unattended near a pool.

Keep cool in hot, humid weather

Rising temperatures and high humidity during the summer months can pose a threat to health and safety, especially for senior citizens, small children and pets. Keep these suggestions in mind when the thermometer rises:

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. And make sure pets have plenty of water, too.
  • With high temperatures outdoors, keep cool by visiting your local library, going shopping at the mall, going out to eat at a restaurant, or finding other air conditioned locations.
  • If you need to find a refuge from a heat wave, call the local police department to ask about any public buildings that may be opened for heat relief.

Outdoor grilling

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor garden parties and backyard BBQ’s. But cooking on a grill poses certain dangers. Please follow these tips for grilling safely:

  • Use all barbecue grills away from the house and never leave a burning grill unattended.
  • Never allow children to play near grills or propane cylinders.
  • Never use gasoline on any grill.
  • Keep LP-gas outside, 10 feet away from doors, windows or dryer vents and 20 feet away from air intake vents and all ignition sources.
  • Before lighting a gas grill, make sure all connections are secure and tight, and open the lid. If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and wait 10 minutes for excess gas to dissipate before relighting.
  • Check the grease trap to make sure it is clean.
  • Use only charcoal lighter fluid to start charcoal grills. Never add more lighter fluid to the fire once coals are lit, as flames may travel up the stream of fluid resulting in serious burns.
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container.

By following these simple but important safety procedures, you can enjoy the summer and keep your family safe, too!

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