Summer is about to arrive and with it, comes the risks of summer activities. Every season has its unique issues, but summer, in particular, adds several threats that the other seasons don’t have. From the additional time outdoors, the use of fire and fireworks, and more, summer has more than its fair share of threats. Today we’ll be walking you through four of summer’s most risky activities to help you stay safe.
At The Pool
Whether it’s a community pool or your own, pools can be a severe threat to swimmers of any age. Having a self-latching fence of at least four feet that is out of the reach of small children is critical as many drowning accidents occur because young swimmers find their way into pools while unsupervised. Even in public pools with lifeguards and in wading pools, the parental guardians or adults should always be on the alert.
At The Beach
The ocean presents two very distinct threats to swimmers so you must be aware. The first is the danger of waves to young children. It’s easy for kids to forget just how mighty the sea can be as they are busy playing if they are not strong swimmers, being swept under by a wave can prove deadly. Likewise, for even the best swimmer, a rip current can prove fatal. Rip currents are channels in the ocean where the water is channeled back out to sea. These currents create a powerful force that is nearly impossible to combat. If stuck in a rip current, you must swim parallel to the beach until you find an area where the flow is less forceful
Over 8,000 fires a year are started because of grills, and that number could be significantly decreased when following safe grilling protocol. To start, always be sure to grill away from your home or any structures. The law often requires a minimum of 10 feet, but the further, the better. When working with coals, be sure never to use kerosene or gasoline, which can cause explosions when lit. Last but not least, make sure your grill is positioned on a flat surface to prevent tipping.
Having a campfire is a beloved camping tradition that keeps bugs away while allowing for plenty of light and cooking, but it’s also a hazard that can result in injury and forest fires that quickly decimate a landscape. If you intend to start a campfire, always be sure that it is fully put out before leaving. Next, never start a fire under overhanging branches or with the wood too close by, and always use a designated, secure fire pit.