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How to have a safe summer. 

Summertime is here.  It’s time to pull out the sunblock, hiking gear, beach towels, bathing suits, boats, BBQ grills, and ice cold drinks.  Here’s some tips on how to have a safe summer while you and your family enjoy the lovely rays of sun.

Be careful on the water.  The U.S. Census Bureau shows there are 8.8 million residential and public-use swimming pools in the United States.  The U.S Centers for Disease Control reports drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in children aged 1-14 years, being safe in and near the water is important.  Keeping yourself and your kids safe makes swimming more fun. Follow the rules and better enjoy your time in and around the water.

  • Never leave a child unattended near or in water and do not trust a child’s life to another child.
  • Don’t assume that a child who knows how to swim isn’t at risk for drowning.
  • Appoint a designated “Water Watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near water.
  • Learn CPR.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first.
  • Avoid distractions.  Facebook can wait.
  • Wear a lifejacket when participating in water sports.

Protect your home while you’re on vacation. When you go on vacation you want to have a glorious time.  What you don’t want is to return from good food, great weather, and children behaving perfectly to a burglary.  This would definitely turn the joy of vacation into a real nightmare and leave you asking yourself what you could have done differently.  Here are some things to do before going on vacation to keep you safe.

  • Ask someone to keep an eye on things.
  • Install timers on your electronics.
  • Have someone mow the lawn/shovel the driveway.
  • Stop the mail.
  • Be cautious of posting on social media.
  • Lock everything and don’t leave a spare key out.a

     

Watch your surroundings.  Summer months bring higher crime rates.  Specifically larceny, burglary, aggravated assault, rape, and sexual assault occur with more frequency during summer months.  Research attributes this to an increase in temperature, longer daylight hours causing people to stay out of their homes longer, and kids on summer vacation with nothing to do.  With this in mind, here are some pointers from police officers around the nation.  The point is try to be more aware of your surroundings, be mindful where you are, not paranoid but be more aware.

  • Put your phone away.  This means headphones too.
  • Close your purse and keep your wallet in your front pocket.
  • Don’t walk alone at night.  If you must, stay in well-lit areas.
  • If assaulted, scream and attempt to run for safety.
  • Lock your car doors and windows, especially, when your in it.
  • Glance around for suspicious activity.  If you notice anything, report it.

Drink responsibly.  Cliche isn’t it.  It seems like everywhere you turn someone is telling you to “drink responsibly.”  But what does that even mean?   It means to know your limits and to have an action plan if you know you are going to drink.  Here’s some we’ve tips to help make you a more responsible consumer.

  • Make arrangements for a safe ride home. 
  • Establish a drinking goal, such as only drinking on weekends.
  • Understand how alcohol affects your blood-alcohol concentration.
  • Keep a drinking dairy.  You can records the number of drinks and any negative effects or situations that arose.
  • Pace yourself.  Don’t give into peer pressure.
  • Don’t drink while operating water sports equipment.

Grab the sunblock.  You may have noticed that sunburns have become more prominent in the recent years.  Well it has less to do with aging and more to do with the ozone layer.  The ozone layer is getting thinner around the earth and as a result more harmful UV light is getting through.  So, protecting yourself from the sun is more important than ever! And there is much you can do to enjoy some time in the sun without getting burned:

  • Stay in the Shade.
  • Use Sunscreen.  Bring extra for later. 
  • Cover up with clothes, a hat, and sunglasses. 
  • Stay hydrated.
  • If your skin is pink, get out of the sun.  You’ll thank me the following day when your skin is burning and red.

Avoid being arrested. With the rise of crimes during summer comes a rise in arrests.  If you find yourself in a bad situation, there’s some precautions you can take to avoid the slammer. 

  • Remain silent.
  • Don’t resist arrest.
  • Don’t let the police into your homes. 
  • Ask for a notice to appear in lieu of being arrested.
  • If you’re driving too fast and see a cop don’t hit the brakes.
  • Check your signal and tail lights before you leave your home.

Summer is a great time for family, friends, and fun. However, it can turn bad in a moment when you are not being safe and responsible. With that said, we hope you enjoy your summer and stay safe with these tips. If you or a loved one needs help, contact us here!