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Summer Safety Tips

For many, summer is the best season, and for good reason!

The sunshine gets everyone outside, enjoying a wide range of activities from something as simple as taking a walk around the block after dinner to getting together with a group of friends to BBQ and take advantage of the sunshine. With so many fun summer activities to enjoy, we wanted to share a few tips for staying safe in the warmer summer months!

1. Stay hydrated

It seems like a no brainer, but it’s important to stay hydrated. In the warmer summer months, typical daily activities become more strenuous due to the heat, and your body will need more water to function properly. Things like going to the gym, running errands, meeting up with friends will surely be enhanced by having an extra glass or two of water. Have trouble remembering to drink water? You’re not the only one! Keep water bottles in your car, around the house, and be ready to fill up when you’re out and about. Doing so will get you in the habit of hitting at least 8 glasses a day – and you’ll probably have a little more energy thanks to doing so!

2. Don’t drink and drive

While you shouldn’t drink and drive no matter what season it is, the summer’s filled with outdoor activities that often include a cold beer or summer cocktail which can entice you to drink and drive. If you’re planning on meeting friends at your favorite bar to enjoy the patio seating or are just going to a friends house to kick back and enjoy a few glasses of wine, make sure you have a designated driver or opt for a ride sharing service. If you end up in a sticky situation, you’ll need a good bail bonds company to help get you out.

3. Use sunscreen
Did you know that more than 1 million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and according to the EPA, it’s estimated that 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. While it’s important to apply sunscreen when you’re out in the sun for daily activities, it’s especially important to be mindful of your sunscreen usage on vacation. Even those cloudy days can result in burns with side effects (mostly discomfort) lasting for days, if not weeks after you’ve returned home. Have kids? Make sure to have them apply their sunscreen for those long days on the playground or at the pool.

4. Hang out in a place with air conditioning
Some areas experience extremely hot days – we’re not talking 90 degrees, but well into the 100s. On these days, especially for older adults or those with health problems, it’s essential to find refuge in a place that has air conditioning. Some of us are lucky to have air conditioning in our homes, but for those who don’t, take a trip to the mall, movies, or even the grocery store to cool down. Extreme heat can lead to headaches, exhaustion, or heat stroke so it’s important to stay cool when those summer temperatures get too hot to handle.

5. Be careful of the bugs
Summer doesn’t just bring out the unwanted bugs, we often travel to places and enjoy outdoor activities where mosquitos, wasps, and bees are more prevalent than what we’re used to. Along with bug spray, make sure you’re aware of the insect situation when you travel, and if you or someone in your family has allergies, know what you need to do to handle the situation when you’re away from home. Simply being prepared and knowing what to expect can go a long way in keeping you safe.

The summer month’s are filled with fun activities and we encourage you to enjoy every last one! But always keep your safety, and the safety of your family and others in mind, so be safe, stay hydrated and cool, and make this the summer to remember!

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