Summer is a great time of year for outdoor fun and adventures. Here are some safety tips to help you have a fun summer that is also safe and healthy:
Drink water. In the summer, keep a water bottle handy, and drink water regularly. Children and older people are most at risk for dehydration (when the body doesn’t have enough fluids), so make sure they drink water too. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks when it is really hot.
Wear a helmet. Be a good role model for your children! Wear a helmet when you go biking, in-line skating, skateboarding, or do any activity where helmets are recommended. If it’s a good idea for your kids, it’s a good idea for you.
Leaves of three, let it be. This old saying refers to poison ivy, and touching it gives many people an itchy and sometimes painful rash that can spread to other parts of the body. You’ll find poison ivy in wooded areas, but also sometimes in yards and gardens. Learn to recognize and avoid it. If you do touch it, wash your skin with detergent or rubbing alcohol as soon as possible.
Grill safely. Cooking outdoors on the grill is one of the best things about summer. Make sure you do it safely. Check your gas grill carefully to make sure the tubes aren’t cracked or leaking. Keep your grill away from areas where children and animals go. And never, ever grill indoors.
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