Summer is the time for fun and relaxation whether it's a big trip or a stay-cation. But, it's also when many injuries occur. Here are some tips we've pulled together for summer safety around the home.
Beware of Poison Ivy- The old saying "leaves of 3 let them be" is important when working out in the yard and clearing weeds. Wearing long sleeves and garden gloves are step one in preventing poison ivy but also be sure to always wash up well and even consider showering after working in the yard to get any leftover weed remnants off.
Sunburn- Need we say it? Wear sunscreen! Even on cloudy days, the sun can get through and still cause a burn. Most people forget to put sunscreen on the back of their neck and the tips of their ears so make sure to get those covered. A hat or even some of the newer sun blocking clothing can also be helpful. And, speaking of the sun, protect your eyes with some good, dark sunglasses.
Pools- While pools offer the most summer fun you can have in your yard, they are also potentially dangerous. Make sure that no one ever swims alone. Be sure to remind people not to run or dive where they shouldn't. Be certain that a cell phone is nearby in case of emergency. And, if you own the pool, it would be in your best interest to take some safety and CPR classes from the local Red Cross or YMCA. While swimming, also be sure to keep an eye on that sunburn. See above for more on that.
Backing Out of your driveway- Summertime is when kids seem to run rampant in the neighborhood and not all of them are well-supervised or trained on safety. When backing out of your driveway or garage, be sure to take extra precaution to look around the vehicle to know what is going on in your surroundings. Don't just count on mirrors and video to do the job for you.
Grills/firepits- Nothing says "summer" like an amazing burger on the grill or some marshmallows roasted over the fire pit. Be sure to keep these things far enough away from the house so as not to catch your eaves on fire. Also, beware of dry grasses underneath or dry leaves above. As with the pool, it's a good idea to keep a cell phone handy when fire is part of the fun. Also, a fire extinguisher would be handy to keep around.
Bug bites/ticks- Summer sun brings all sorts out for the fun, including mosquitoes and ticks. Using either a natural or store bought bug repellent will help keep them at bay. If it's not too hot, thin long sleeves and pants are also helpful. Upon going back indoors, be sure to do a quick "tick check" on yourself, your kids and your furry friends.
Fence closed- Though it seems a little odd to bring it up, be sure to remind older kids to keep your gate closed if you have a fenced in yard. Not only does that help to keep predators and stray animals out of your yard, but it will help keep your smaller children and animals where they belong inside the fence.
All these tips aside, the most important tip to remember in the summer time is to have fun. This is the time that many of the best home memories are made. Enjoy the season and each other.