5 Backyard Summer Safety Tips

These 5 Backyard Summer Safety Tips are part of a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Summer days are here again. Or, they will be soon. I can feel the warmth finally starting to come back around, anyway. We have so many plans once the weather warms. Picnics, parks, zoos, camping, road trips, walks, swimming pools, the list could go on. Through all the fun, however, we also need to make sure we’re focused on summer safety.

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Hopefully, our upcoming months will only be happy memories in the making. There’s always that “what if”, though. Did you know that most traffic accidents occur during the summer months? It’s when we tend to drive the most miles, which means more people on the road for more wrecks. If you happen to find yourself in that situation, a personal injury attorney tampa can help you get what you deserve.

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It’s not just on the road that we need to be careful of. Swimming pools are another area where many accidents occur. But my kids would splash all season long if they could. Thus, I previously put together a Swimming Safety Checklist. But there are also things we need to look out for to keep everyone safe simply playing in the backyard. Below is a list of 5 Backyard Summer Safety Tips.

5 Backyard Summer Safety Tips

1. Protect Your Skin – A sunburn is the quickest way to ruin anyone’s good time. It’s red, it’s itchy, it really burns, and it’s just not healthy. Be sure to keep everyone covered with appropriate sunscreen. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that adults and kids alike should apply a water-resistant sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays every day of the year. Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Then, reapply every 2 hours or after swimming.

2. Bugs Be Gone – In other words, use bug spray. While insect repellents don’t kill insects, they can help reduce bites from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other bugs. Still, it’s also a good idea to check everyone for ticks once inside for the night, as well.

3. Poison Ivy – Know your plants, especially if you’re allergic to poison ivy and poison oak, as most of the population is. If you think you or your kids may have come into contact with poison ivy, rinse the skin right away with lukewarm water and wash your clothes as well as anything else you might have touched. Then stock up on calamine lotion.

4. Hydrate – Drink plenty of water. Make sure it’s readily available. Also, make sure you know the signs of dehydration. These include dry mouth and lips, lethargy, sunken eyes, and dizziness.

5. Watch for Heat Exhaustion – Mild symptoms of heat exhaustion include feeling thirsty, fatigue and cramps. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heatstroke. Kids are especially susceptible. Be sure to keep water available and try to stay in the shade as much as possible.

With these tips, I hope everyone has a fun and safe summer!

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