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Summer Safety Preparation Tips

Good news everyone, it’s officially Summer!  This means most people will start pulling out summer toys, like boats, RVs, wake boards, and jet skis. Summer is also a great time to work in the backyard, spend the day swimming, read that book you’ve had sitting on your table, or have a barbecue!

Whatever your plans are, make sure you’re having fun and staying safe this summer. We have a few tips to help you make sure you and your house are summer ready!

  1. Drink lots of water! The quickest way to come down with heat exhaustion is by not drinking enough water. Remember, you sweat more when the weather is warmer, especially kids who are playing outside in the summer heat. Make sure you always have a water bottle on hand.
  2. Inspect your boat and other water toys for proper operation before you take them out to use. Does your boat have life jackets? Are they torn or falling apart? Do you have flares on board? What about a flash light or a fire extinguisher? Visit the Department of Boating and Waterways website for more boater safety information.
  3. Replace your home fire extinguisher. When was the last time you had your fire extinguisher inspected for proper use? Summer time means barbecues and fireworks. Whether it’s you having a summer party or your neighbor, you need to be prepared for accidents. Visit your local hardware store and pick up a fire extinguisher today if you don’t already have one.
  4. Keep sunscreen handy. You should wear sunscreen whenever you’re going to be out in the summer sun. Don’t forget to re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours. Just because you put it once doesn’t mean it will last all day. Sunscreen wears off, especially when sweating. Try a waterproof sunscreen for longer lasting protection. Check out the World Health Organization for more sun protection tips this summer.
  5. Check your backyard. Summer time means you’ll be spending more time in your backyard. Inspect your pool for missing or broken tiles; make sure all play sets are sturdy and all bolts are nice and tight. Inspect your deck or patio covering for rusty bolts and nails. Do a thorough backyard inspection for spiders, rodents, or bee hives.

If you would like more information about summer safety preparation visit Travelers website.