Monthly Archives: May 2016

Summertime Safety 101

Summertime SafetySummer is finally within arm’s reach! The kids are out of school, the weather is fantastic, and there are plenty of opportunities to get together with family and friends. From May to September, there is a holiday each month. Celebrations can be a great time, but there are many hidden dangers that can ruin a good time if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Hydration:

Drinking enough liquid, especially water, is vital for a healthy and happy summer. Most medical professionals recommend gauging your water needs at 64 ounces each day, or drinking half your weight in ounces of water; for example, a 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of water. Without enough water, you run the risk of dehydration or more serious health conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Proper sunscreen use:

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and about 20 percent of all Americans will develop this cancer at some point in their lives. It’s also one of the most preventable. Daily use of a high-quality sunscreen for children and adults can prevent the immediate pain associated with a sunburn while helping to cut the incidence of melanoma in half.

Water safety:

Getting in and on the water is a popular summer pastime. It’s important, though, that whether you’re in the ocean, at a local lake or pond, or in a pool, you follow state, local, and park rules. Don’t run on slippery surfaces near the water, always stay with children, and keep private, backyard pools properly secured to prevent accidental drowning.

Boating safety:

If you prefer being on the water, think of the same rules you’d follow on the roads. Never drive a boat under the influence, don’t text and drive, and make sure you have the boat running smoothly before heading out. Passengers should always wear properly sized life jackets.

Fireworks safety:

Many municipalities have laws and ordinances surrounding firework usage. If you choose to use fireworks, know the rules before you light the fireworks. Fireworks should always and only be used under adult supervision. Better yet, pack a picnic and find a public fireworks display.

Lawnmower safety:

While not as fun as other summer activities, mowing the lawn is certainly as satisfying when you look at your well-manicured yard. Following proper safety steps can make the results even better. Always wear shoes and keep your legs covered and protected from possible flying debris, never pull the lawn mower backwards, and follow the recommendations on keeping children under 12 years old from mowing the lawn.

Above all, when temperatures rise it is vital to consistently monitor those who are the most vulnerable to the heat; children and seniors. Make sure they are drinking enough fluid and are in cool, properly ventilated areas at all times.

When and if summertime fun ever takes a dark turn on the roads, you’ll want to make sure you, your loved ones and your property are all protected. Are you in the market for a new insurance premium? You can receive a quick auto insurance quote that caters to your particular needs by clicking here.