With summer in full swing, it is important to remember that while you’re in the pool, taking in all the sun you can, safety is still on lifeguard duty.
Summer safety, you say? You bet.
Keeping your ice cream safely on the cone is only half the battle.
Just because those pesky winter hazards have long since melted away doesn’t mean that the next few months should be safety free.
There is risk on every backyard patio, even if it isn’t as noticeable as a runaway sheet of ice.
With that in mind, here are some common summer safety pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them.
#5: Barbecue Safety
From small, informal events to neighborhood-wide cookoffs, the barbecue has become a staple of the North American summer season.
But regardless if you’re sharing your meal with three people or 30, there are some basic barbecue safety tips you should keep in mind.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2012 to 2016, an average of 16,600 people per year received hospital care for grill-related injuries.
Being aware of the risks can limit your possibility for similar injuries.
#4: Fire Safety
In any season, fire safety can help save lives but it helps to stay extra vigilant during the summer months.
In recent decades, fire safety has taken on an increased public presence with the use of “stop-drop-and-roll” programs along with greater awareness about fire-starters and preventable accidents.
Much like barbecue safety, keeping a watchful eye on an open flame or potential fire hazard can help keep you safe even in high-risk situations.
One of the greatest assets in the home or workplace, a smoke alarm is key to fire-prevention.
Keeping them well-maintained will help you stay two steps ahead of a potentially fatal situation.
If possible, keep a smoke alarm in every room in your home, test them once a month and replace the batteries at minimum, every year.
#3: Firework Safety
More so than the chirping of birds or the smell of fresh cut grass, the true sound of summer is the unmistakable sound of fireworks.
It may seem surprising, but firework safety is an industry of its very own, dedicated to education and accident prevention.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2015 alone, 11,900 firework-related injuries were reported across the US.
Almost 8,000 of these reported cases occurred over a one-month period from June 19th to July 19th and 47% of all reported fires during this period occurred during Fourth of July celebrations.
If using fireworks at home, follow all provided instructions, dispose of all used materials properly and never try to re-light a damaged firework. Doing so may cause serious damage.
#2: Water Safety
Even when hanging out in the backyard pool, the possibility of drowning exists. Outside of learning to swim, (which is a critical skill for those who can) water safety, generally, comes down to common sense.
Understanding the inherent risks that come with the water can help keep everyone safe and protected.
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Above all else, don’t let your comfort in the water dictate your safety.
Perhaps the most dangerous summertime aliment, heat stroke will usually occur if your body temperature rises past 104 F (40 C). Often, the cause is due to excessive movement in hot weather.
Even minor heatstroke can have devastating consequences on the body if left untreated.
The kidneys, heart, brain and central nervous system can all be affected, in addition to possible blood clotting.
Consider the 1995 Chicago heatwave, for example, where hundreds of people lost their lives due to heatstroke and heat-related accidents.
While it can be deadly, by taking the proper steps, heatstroke can be prevented.
The Mayo Clinic provides a few things to consider when outside during warmer weather.
It might not require shovels or four extra layers but practicing good summer safety can make all the difference when it comes to getting the most out of the best time of the year.
Don’t let your summer months be held back by preventable accidents.
Plan ahead, stay safe but most importantly, have fun.
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