Summertime is obviously the best time for enjoying pools, hot tubs, and all of the associated celebrations and festivities. It is important though in the midst of all of that fun to take outdoor safety seriously, both as it pertains to your family or your guest’s physical health, as well as the health and well-being of the surrounding environment. Here’s how:
Pack for the Heat
Summer heat can have serious health effects so be sure to always pack the necessary outdoor safety essentials like water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. It is also not a bad idea to have some kind of electrolyte solution or snack on hand like powdered Gatorade or a bag of sweet and salty trail mix in case anyone does become dehydrated. A few of the symptoms you should be aware of for heat exposure include:
- Flushed cheeks
- Muscle cramps
- Cold sweat
- Rapid shallow breathing
Practice Water Safety
If you are going to be in and around water, be sure to be aware of safety measures that will keep you and your family out of harm’s way. These measures include being sure that children are always supervised by an adult, flotation devices are available and in good working order for both children and adults, and that someone in your group is trained in CPR and basic first aid in the unlikely event that life-saving measures are necessary. While you definitely do not want the fear of the unknown to get in the way of enjoying the summertime outdoor experience, it is important to be prepared and aware.
Be Aware of Fires
Summertime and grilling often go hand-in-hand and for good reason!! After all, if you are going to be outside all day, why not get the added benefit of cooking a delicious meal over an open flame. That does not mean though that you should not be hyperaware of fire safety and the potential impact careless use of fire can have.
Practice basic safety measures like only grilling in controlled and above ground vessels designed for outdoor cooking. It is also important that these grills are kept clean and free of residual grease to prevent the occurrence of grease fires. If you are building a fire in a pit or outdoor fireplace, use only clean and dry wood and be sure that the pit is clear of any other flammable debris within a 3-foot radius. It is also always a good idea to keep appropriate fire suppression devices near at hand in the event that fire gets out of control.
Outdoor summertime activities make memories for a lifetime and adequate safety and preparation are the best way to make sure those memories are always good ones.