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Summertime Safety Tips

The summertime is perfect for rest, relaxation, and spending time with friends and family. But because of the high temperatures, it can also mean heat exhaustion, sunburns, dehydration, stings, and heat-induced illness. To protect you and your family, follow these summer safety tips.

Staying Safe in the Heat & Water

It’s no surprise that summertime in the south means its own unique type of heat. Because of that, many metro-Marietta families choose to spend the summer in or near the water – whether it be the pool, lake, ocean, river or pond. Both high temperatures and bodies of water can be dangerous, so here are a few things to be aware of during the summer.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. If you’re thirsty, it typically means you’re not fully hydrated, and your body is telling you it needs water.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a car on a hot day, even if the windows are cracked or rolled down. Temperatures inside a car can exceed 100 degrees within minutes, which is especially dangerous for children and pets whose bodies do not regulate temperature as well as adult bodies do.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise outdoors during the hottest times of the day. The best time to take a jog, hike, bicycle ride, or walk outside in the summer are early in the morning or in the late evening when it’s much cooler out.
  • When by water, such as a pool, hot tub, lake, or river, never leave a child unattended. Even a moment can lead to devastating consequences.
  • If you have a backyard pool, make sure it’s surrounded by a fence or securely shut down when you’re not using it.
  • When watching children swim, avoid drinking alcohol, reading, or engaging in other distracting behavior.
  • At beaches and pools, keep rescue equipment such as life jackets and life preservers close by.
  • Children and people who can’t swim should always wear a life jacket when participating in water-related activities.
  • Never swim while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • If you have children, enroll them in formal swimming lessons until they become competent swimmers.

For additional summertime safety tips, we recommend reading this article from the Occupational Health & Safety Administration.