Family Summer Safety Tips
Summer is a time to relax and have fun. But that fun can stop in a hot second when something bad happens to a family member or friend. Don’t let anything ruin your summer fun by following a few simple summer safety tips.
Late afternoon yesterday there were a minimum of 9 emergency vehicles that went flying past our home with sirens and lights flashing. Something really bad has happened. Suddenly someone’s summer has turned tragic.
Stay Safe In The Sun
The sun can be very intense in the summer, particularly in the middle of the day. In fact, the sun is especially intense between 11 and 2.
Add to that the fact that many people wear clothes that do not adequately cover their bodies it’s no wonder that sun damage and sunburns happen all summer long. Aside from being uncomfortable, sunburns can increase your risk for skin cancer.
Wear protective clothing, stay in the shade, and apply sunscreen regularly to avoid getting burnt. Remember, when it comes to keeping your body parts private and covered, use this simple rule.
No overly exposed skin. “No boobs, no belly, no butt”. This is important to protect your skin from sun damage. As well, having been a child victim and adult victim of sexual assault—I can attest to the validity of keeping your body covered in such a manner as to not attract predators is crucial. Especially in the summer. So, keep private body parts private.
Staying safe in the sun is particularly important when you’re hanging out in or by the water. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the pool, the lake, or the beach. Limit your sun exposure and protect with appropriate sun screen. Save your skin and yourself this summer. Don’t wear bikinis, but rather, how about a one piece bathing suit with a t shirt and a pair of shorts over top.
Remember, 1 in 2 Canadians now will develop cancer. Restrict your exposure to the sun to protect yourself.
Stay Safe In The Heat
Along with sun damage, the heat can get quite dangerous as well. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration all pose serious risks during the hot summer months. The effects are amplified when you’re very active outdoors.
With all of the heavy lifting and moving around of donated items at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, this is our constant concern. Several times a summer, one of us will suffer the effects of heat exhaustion. As we approach the age of 60, our ability to tolerate heat is greatly diminished.
Limit runs, hiking, bike rides, gardening and the likes to the cooler morning and evening hours. Between the hours of 11 and 2, try to do activities indoors and near the air conditioning.
- If you need to mow the lawn, do it in the morning after the dew has dried off the grass.
- Do your office, computer work, or other inside work during the midday. There is a reason why some countries have a siesta in the hottest part of the day. They know enough to rest out of the heat.
- Then later afternoon, you may still be able to do a few chores around the yard.
You should take breaks indoors and cool off.
Above all make sure you stay well hydrated when you’re out and about. Drink water before you leave and take a bottle or two with you.
Dehydration has serious risks including:
- blurred vision,
- and eventually blacking out.
If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink water and seek shade or shelter. Grab a cold, wet facecloth if needed too. Avoid or eliminate alcoholic beverages. Alcohol consumption dehydrates your body, which if you are already dehydrated, puts your health at greater risk.
Stay Safe In The Water
Each summer, without fail we hear stories of drowning victims. They happen at the beach, the lake, or the family pool. Sadly many of those fatal or near fatal accidents could have been prevented with the right safety precautions. Start with the tips below, and most importantly always pay attention around water, particularly with kids around.
- Don’t leave kids unsupervised
- always swim with a buddy
- wear personal flotation devices (life jacket/vests) when boating
- eliminate the alcoholic beverages
Don’t Leave Kids Unsupervised
Let’s make this point again. Don’t ever take your eyes of the kids in or near the water. This is particularly important when there are lots of other adults around. Don’t assume someone else is watching them. That’s when most home pool accidents happen.
Remember, someone must be on life guard duty constantly, and most likely it is you!
Always Swim With a Buddy
Don’t head out into the water alone, particularly when it’s a lake, or the ocean. Swim with a buddy or at the very least, have someone on land that’s watching you and can get help when you get in trouble.
How many tragic swimming accidents have we heard about when someone has gone out for a swim alone. And be careful with the diving off of cliffs. Many a time someone has struck their head and drowned, or broke their neck and become paralyzed for life.
Wear Swim Vests When Boating
Yes, they are uncomfortable, but there’s a reason you’re supposed to wear swim vests when you’re on a boat. You wear your seat belt in the car; wear a vest when you’re on a boat. Remember, a swim vest will keep you afloat when you cannot keep yourself afloat.
Your life depends on it—wear it!
Alcohol and Water Don’t Mix
Alcohol and water don’t mix. Go for a swim, enjoy your boat ride and leave the booze out of it. Better off leaving the booze out of your life, period!
There is a saying that is very true:
“I do not think that I should drink, for when I drink, I do not think.”
Don’t’ drink and drive, don’t drink and boat, and don’t drink and swim to stay safe. Not only does alcohol impair your judgement, thinking, and more, it also dehydrates you.
Respect your health and well being—drink some water flavored with lemon juice instead.
Keep these family summer safety tips in mind this summer. Play safe!