Summer Safety Tips You Don't Want To Miss

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. And with the 4th of July holiday just 2 days away, don’t let anything ruin your summer fun by following a few simple summer safety tips.

 
Summer safety tips you may not know, that could save a life. Prevention, treatment, and explanation of silent and secondary drowning you must read!
 

 Stay Safe In The Sun

 The sun can be intense in the summer (especially in the Texas sun) particularly in the middle of the day. Add to that the fact that we wear shorts, tank tops and rather small bathing suits that leave lots of skin exposed. 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.

This 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! And remember to reapply, reapply, reapply! I also believe in the power of a good floppy hat and rashguard. Save your skin and yourself this summer.

 
 

 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. Limit runs, hiking, bike rides, gardening and the likes to the cooler morning and evening hours on very hot days. This is also so important for little ones. They often do not tell you they are over-heated or can’t tell you.

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 headaches, blurred vision, confusion, and eventually blacking out. If you start to feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink water and seek shade or shelter.

 
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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

 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. And, you can drown in as little as an inch of water.

 
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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. Safety in numbers is just as good a lesson now as it was when you were 10.

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.

Alcohol and Water Don’t Mix

Unless we’re talking Scotch, alcohol and water don’t mix. Go for a swim, enjoy your boat ride and save the booze for when you’re back on dry land. Don't’ drink and drive, don’t drink and boat, and don’t drink and swim to stay safe. This goes with limiting how much you drink when you are in charge of littles. Remember, alcohol limits your reaction time and that time is precious if a little one is in trouble.