Family Safety Tips for Summertime Outings

Family Safety Tips for Summertime Outings

Whether you’re heading out on a road trip or simply spending a day at the park, safety is of the utmost importance, especially when you’re with your family. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sound with these family safety tips for summertime outings.

Be Conscious of Heat

Hot weather is one of the trademark dangers of summer weather. You know to wear sunscreen (and hopefully you know to reapply it every hour), but how else can you combat sun damage? Grab a pair of shades that protect both your eyes and the delicate skin around them, then grab similar pairs for the whole family. Wear loose clothing in light colors; anything that clings to your skin will heat you up. Little ones need extra protection, so make sure you’re slathering on that SPF 70 and keeping them in the shade. Brimmed hats like baseball caps and bucket hats are great sun protection for the whole family. And before you spend the day outside, make sure you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If one of you is overheated and red with no sweat in sight, it’s time to call 911.

Keep an Eye on the Water

If you’re swimming, sailing, or doing any activities on the water, be cautious. Any little ones who can’t swim well must be wearing some kind of flotation aid—and don’t let them out of your sight. Don’t forget about yourself, either. Even if you’re a strong swimmer or if you’re on a boat with a captain you trust, prepare for every possible scenario. Keep extra floaties on hand, and if an accident occurs on a boat tour, have the number of a good accident attorney saved to your phone.

Banish Bugs

Summer is widely known as mosquito season, but other concerning critters come out to play, too. Avoid mosquito bites by using bug spray and citronella. Bees, while they are important pollinators and crucial to our ecosystem, can also deliver deadly stings. If you or anyone in your family is allergic to bee stings, keep at least one EpiPen in your first-aid kit. If you’re hiking or camping, wear long sleeves and pants when you venture into tall grasses to avoid bringing ticks home. When you come home from your hike, inspect your entire body for ticks—those babies are sneaky.

Soak up the summer in safety this year with a few important pointers. These family safety tips for summertime outings are beneficial to everyone; remember them year after year. Protective measures never go out of style!

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