Summer Safety Tips

Summer is fast approaching. For some of us, that means hiking. Others, it’s boating. Or taking in a baseball game. Whatever activities you enjoy, here are a few tips to make it a safe and fun summer. 

Heat Safety 

Here in western Washington, the temperatures are pretty mild year-round. Which means when things heat up, we may need a refresher on how to stay safe. Here are some ideas:

  • Wear sunscreen
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid/limit time outdoors during hottest part of the day
  • Close windows and cover with drapes

Water Safety 

Many of us like to cool off at the pool, lake, or beach during the summer. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Always supervise children
  • Wear life jackets 
  • Be mindful of temperatures – water still may be very cold!

Fire Safety 

We should all do our part to reduce our risk of fire, particularly during the summer months when vegetation is dry and flames can spread quickly.

  • Never grill indoors 
  • Grill at a safe distance from your house or deck
  • Don’t light fireworks – enjoy a public fireworks display instead 
  • Keep campfires at least 25 feet away from tents 
  • Watch small children and pets around campfires and grills 

Boating Safety 

There are many wonderful waterways to boat in the Puget Sound. Keep these tips in mind: 

  • Never drink and operate a boat
  • Always wear a life jacket 
  • Be courteous of others on the water

Bicycling Safety 

Bicyclists are some of our roads’ most vulnerable users. In other words, they are more susceptible to getting struck and injured. Here are a few things to reduce your risk:

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Use reflective gear and wear bright colors 
  • Obey the rules of the road 
  • Ride in a predictable manner

Hiking Safety

Washington boasts thousands of miles of trails for both novice and avid hikers alike! But before you head out the doors: 

  • Select a trail well-suited to your physical ability 
  • Research conditions, weathers, and possible closures 
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Let someone know where you or your group is headed and when you’ll return

Food Safety 

After talking about boats, bikes, and hikes, you might wonder why we’re bringing up food! Here’s why: when temperatures rise, food-borne pathogens can increase. Keep these tips in mind: 

  • Avoid leaving foods in the sun too long, especially if they can spoil (for example, potato salad)
  • Always grill meat to proper temperatures (use a food thermometer if possible)
  • When in doubt, throw it out!

We hope we’ve given you a few ideas for how to have a fun and safe summer this year!

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Angela Russell
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