Safety Tips - Summer Vacation

Travel Safety Tips

Summer is finally in the swing as of this week; temperatures are rising in all parts of the United States. Many families will be packing up and heading to weekend getaways and vacations spots. Being prepared for a long journey includes budgeting, car maintenance and having someone watch your home. Summer vacations are starting to happen with kids out of school and the weather heating up. The 100 days that include June through August are known as the 100 deadliest days for teens. The average number of crashes involving drivers ages 16-19 dramatically increases each of the 100 days, compared to the rest of the year. Making sure your teenagers are safe and aware of dangers while driving can help prevent car accidents in the future.

Water Safety Tips

Many families will be off of school and work for at least some of the holiday weekend. With Memorial day being the unofficial first day of summer, there will be a good amount of swimming in much of the country. Some common water safety tips are as follows:

  • Supervise all children in or around swimming pools
  • Wear a life vest while boating or fishing
  • Do not swim alone in case of an emergency

Fire Safety Tips

One of the most popular aspects of summer fun is barbecuing and bonfires. Making sure that nothing flammable is near the grill or fire pit will help lower the chance of other things catching fire. Make sure that you are grilling outside and not in a garage, enclosed porch or other enclosed area. If you are using a fire pit or making a bonfire, make sure that the area around the fire is closed off and isn’t near dry grass.

Sun Safety Tips

Temperatures, as expected to reach over 90-degree Fahrenheit this weekend, so paying attention to the sun, is crucial. Children and older adults are especially susceptible to overheating and sunburns. You and your family should be reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, recommend SPF 15 and higher. Wearing a hat and sunglasses will also help prevent the sunburn. Lastly, keeping hydrated might seem like a simple thing, but we are all able to dehydrate fairly quickly, especially if alcohol is being consumed.