Summer Safety Tips
Longer days, cookouts, spending time with friends—what’s not to like about summer? With the warmer weather, more people find themselves outdoors—and while you’re enjoying the sun, surf and scenery, stay at your best with a few tips for safety during the summertime.
Hydrate early and often. Whether you’re taking advantage of a hot summer afternoon at the beach or heading out for a morning run, it’s important to stay hydrated. Skip the soda and reach for a bottle of water instead.
Take care of your skin. Spending time outside? Make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher—especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. It’s also important to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours (especially if you’re swimming or being active). Taking the necessary steps to protect your skin today can prevent potential health issues in the future.
Careful commuting. The summer is a great time to leave the car in the garage and bike to work instead. If you’re trading four wheels for two, just make sure you’re familiar with the rules of the road and wear the proper safety equipment (like a helmet).
Swim safely. When the weather gets warm, there’s nothing more refreshing than going for a swim. Want to ensure a safe day in the water? Just follow a few simple tips such as swimming with a buddy, and in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. If swimming with children, be sure they’re wearing an appropriate life jacket.
Safe travels. There’s no better time to take a vacation or spur-of-the-moment trip than during the summer. If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place, try using a GPS navigation app like Google Maps or Waze to make sure you don’t lose your way. Not only will it help you stay safe, you’ll also get to your destination quicker and in doing so, probably save some gas money!
Now that you’ve brushed up on some summer safety tips, it’s time to break out the swim gear and fire up the grill. Just remember: a fun summer is a safe summer.