Wisconsinites live for the fun of summer. After months of anticipation, though, summer shouldn’t be a series of ER visits and legal headaches. Use these summer safety tips to ensure that your summer is a time of fun.
- Check first aid kits to ensure they are stocked up in case of emergency.
- Sign up for first aid training.
- Purchase sunscreen to keep everyone safe this summer.
- Reapply sunscreen frequently.
- If you get fireworks and sparklers, supervise children closely to prevent burns.
- Make sure everyone stays hydrated on hot summer days.
- Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they work properly.
- Inspect all play equipment to ensure that it is safe.
- Supervise children when on play equipment.
- Check for wasp and bee nests that could sting your family and visitors.
- When bike riding, follow the rules of the road.
- Make sure all helmets fit properly; always wear a helmet when biking, skateboarding, or riding on a scooter.
- Inspect all lawn mowers to ensure they work properly and all safety guards are functional.
- When doing yard work on a hot summer day, take frequent breaks to avoid heat-related illness.
- Make sure the pool deck is not slippery. Do not allow running on the pool deck.
- Put a proper enclosure around your pool to prevent pool accidents.
- Always make sure the pool gate is closed.
- Closely supervise kids in the pool (especially inexperienced swimmers).
- Throw or extend a flotation device to a struggling swimmer to assist them without getting in trouble.
- Never swim alone.
- Be careful about mixing alcohol and swimming, which can lead to accidents in and around the pool.
- Make sure that all your vehicle first aid kits are stocked and conveniently located.
- Check tire pressure in all tires to prevent accidents.
- Bald tires do not handle as well during summer storms; replace tires with low tire tread.
- Keep insect repellant on hand for any outdoor time (hiking, camping, etc.)
- Check for ticks after spending time outdoors. Know the right way to remove a tick.
On the Water
- Do a full inspection of your tow vehicle and boat to ensure safe towing and boating.
- Use life jackets when boating or tubing.
- Drink plenty of water when out in the sun to avoid heat-related illnesses.
- Be careful about consuming alcohol when boating; it can impair your ability and cause accidents.