When most of us think of summer, we don’t think of the increased safety risk associated with everyone’s favorite season. Along with cloudless skies and outdoor fun, summer brings a new set of safety concerns and homeowners need to take specific steps to safeguard their family, friends, and property from these additional dangers.
Here are 7 tips sure to make your summer as safe as it is sunny.
1. Secure Your Pool
If you have a pool, you have a problem – you must secure the pool and take serious measures to keep everyone with access to the pool safe. According to the CDC, of the 3,400 people who drown each year, 20% of them are under the age of 14. Make sure your pool is secure by erecting a solid barrier around the entire perimeter and installing alarms that will ensure no one can enter unsupervised or unattended.
2. Supervise Children
Adults don’t realize that it only takes a few moments of inattention for a child’s life to be lost. This is especially true when children are near a pool, lake, or other body of water.
3. Don’t Mix Alcohol and Water
If you are doing something around water, like swimming, boating, fishing, or waterskiing, save the drinks for another day. According to information gathered by the CDC, 70% of adolescent and adult deaths resulting from water recreation involved alcohol.
4. Get Certified
From drowning to dehydration, the dangers of this season are present in almost every summertime activity. The best way to protect your family is prevention. The second best way is to be able to respond immediately in the right way to preserve life. Becoming certified in basic first aid and CPR will give you the skills and knowledge you need if the worst happens.
5. Mow with Care
According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 75,000 people must be taken to the emergency room each year because of lawn mower related injuries. Almost all of these are caused by human error. Make sure you know how to use your mower properly and that you are vigilant in your attention while the mower is on.
6. Dress Appropriately
This holds true no matter what you are doing. If you are mowing the lawn, wear clothing that protects your legs from flying objects. If you are hiking, wear layers. If you are lounging by the pool, wear sunscreen and a hat. If you are in a boat, wear a life jacket. If you are using the grill, wear protective gloves and a heavy apron.
7. Grill Responsibly
Grills present several possible dangers ranging from serious burns to starting house fires. To protect your family and property, make sure that your grill is stored and used in a safe location. Never use a gas or charcoal grill in the house and store all gas canisters outside and away from the house. Check to make sure that all grill components are working properly before using the grill each time and keep a fire extinguisher close by in case there is an emergency.
Summer is supposed to be about having fun, being on vacation, and enjoying the best of what nature has to offer. Keep your summer fun and carefree by paying attention, taking the right precautions, and eliminating those risks that you can control.
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