The kids are out of school and summer is in full swing…it’s the perfect time to relax and have some fun! Just because you are enjoying some downtime doesn’t mean you can let your guard down when it comes to safety. In fact, summer brings its own unique safety challenges that require a little extra effort and awareness. So here are a few tips and tricks to consider to keep you safe this summer. You’ve probably heard all of these ideas before, but when it comes to safety, a reminder never hurts!
Florida routinely ranks among the states with the highest unintentional drowning rates so water safety is essential. Make sure you are taking every safety precaution, especially if you have a pool. You can get more information by visiting www.waterprooffl.com, a Florida Department of Health injury prevention initiative.
Most importantly, never leave children unattended near any source of water. Consider swimming lessons and water safety lessons for all children. Even very young children can be taught how to flip onto their back and float if they get submerged. Also consider learning CPR in case an emergency does occur.
Even if you aren’t in the water, being outdoors brings some safety concerns. The sun’s rays can be very damaging to exposed skin so be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when you are going outdoors. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours and immediately after swimming, toweling off or sweating a great deal.
And don’t forget the bug spray! Insects can carry diseases and can cause some nasty bites so use insect repellent to protect your skin outdoors.
Many of us take a vacation during the summer. While it is important to plan for our personal safety while we travel, it is also important to remember to keep our home safe while we are away. Doing things like having your mail held, stopping the newspaper delivery, and having someone do the landscaping chores will make your home have that “lived-in” look. You may also consider having someone you trust stay in your home or stop by regularly to check on things for you.
Another important consideration is to be low-key about your trip until you return. If you broadcast on social media or tell everyone about your plans, this information could end up in the wrong hands and put your home’s security at risk.
If you are going on vacation, you need to protect your money. Before you go, call the credit union and let us know if you will be out of the country to help prevent issues using your debit or credit card while you are away.
Although it’s impossible to prevent all safety issues, using these tips can help your family have a safer, more enjoyable summer vacation!