We at Ansay & Associates want to make sure you have fun and SAFE summer this year. There are a lot of different activities and events that are planned. Many are held outdoors in the warm sun. Did you know that the UV rays are the strongest during the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.? Yes, this is when it is most important to protect your delicate skin. You can lower your risk from skin cancer by applying sunscreen with at least 30% Sun Protection Factor (SPF). There are now sunscreens that contain more than 50% SPF. And don't forget to protect your eyes as well by wearing sunglasses and/or a brimmed hat.
Of course, there is nothing better than cooling off with a swim in the pool. Remember safety comes first whenever you want to swim. Each year, there are more than 3,500 unintentional drowning's in the U.S. There are more than 20% of these victims that are under the age of 14 years old. Make sure your children swim with adult supervision. It takes less than 1 minute for a child to slip and fall into a pool or even become in a dangerous situation in the water. They are simply less capable of saving themselves from these situations. It is highly recommended to install a fence at least 4 feet high surrounding the pool with a self-latching childproof gate that has a self-closing feature. Also make sure life jackets are readily accessible for those who need them. Also, it would not hurt to learn how to perform CPR in the event of an emergency, not only for the pool, but for any emergency situations as well.
Are you an adventurer and like to bike or rollerblade, maybe even skateboard? Do you ride without a helmet? Do you always tell yourself, "It's not going to happen to me?" You can prevent a fatal head injury by 85% by just wearing a helmet. Whether you are going for a leisure ride by yourself or going with friends, make sure to wear a helmet. Bikers are to obey the traffic signs and signals as well. It would be best also to stretch and/or warm up for five minutes beforehand to avoid pulling any muscles. If you are going to be riding at night, make sure to wear reflective gear and make sure you have reflectors or even lights on your bike.
If you are skateboarding or rollerblading, make sure to not only wear your helmet, but protective gear. Wear gear such as elbow pads and kneepads to prevent injuries.
During the summer months is when we tend to use the grill more often in the Midwest. When proper safety is not being used, this is when house firews begin. Make sure to keep your grill a safe distance away from the house and/or garage. Keep children and pets away from the hot grill. It only takes a second to get a severe burn. Also make sure you clean your grill regularly to prevent flare-ups when preheating.
And most important, when it's hot outside make sure to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Stay safe and have a great summer!