Summer Safety Tips

July 19, 2012 2:37:17 PM PDT
Summer can be a magical time -- as long as you and your family stays safe. Here are some helpful tips:POOL SAFETY

  • Remember you are using a lot of energy when you swim.
  • Don't let children swim without an adult.
  • Remove pool toys from water after use. Toys attract a kid's attention.


  • Kids can forget they are thirsty. Always take water breaks.
  • The best foods to beat the heat are foods that are cold and high in water content (watermelon, bananas and fresh vegetables).
  • Avoid spicy and hot foods.


  • Try to limit outdoor activity. The hottest part of the day is from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • The quickest way to test a child for dehydration is to pinch the skin on the back of his or her hand. If it goes back in place quickly, they're hydrated. If it takes up to a minute, they're dehydrated.
  • Top signs of heat exhaustion: confusion, dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea and fainting.
  • Uncovered skin absorbs heat more quickly than covered skin, so always wear sunscreen when out in the sun.
  • If a sunburn starts blistering for a few days, have it checked by a doctor.


  • Select a beach where lifeguards are present because the chances of drowning are one in 18 million if a lifeguard is present.
  • Ask a lifeguard about current and tide conditions.
  • If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach until the current weakens.
  • For children, knee deep is TOO DEEP.


  • When grass is dry and the air is warm, fires can spark easily.
  • Don't throw cigarettes on the dry ground. That is a major brush fire starter.
  • Clean your lawn of branches and dead plants.


  • Stock up on food and water. You might need it for a few days.
  • Get important papers and special photos in order and secured in plastic.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.


  • Playground surfaces could get up to 170 degrees in hot weather. Be cautious with your children.
  • The more you scratch a bite, the more infected it will get.
  • Never leave a grill unattended, especially when children are around.


From Eyewitness News:

Other Pages:

Pool safety: Keeping Kids Safe: Swimming Pool Safety Tips from Good Morning America

Hydration: Stay hydrated this summer by mDhil

Heat and sun safety: Using Sunblock by

Beach safety: Beach Safety by the University of California's Office of Risk Services(PDF)

Fire safety: NYC Hazards: Brush Fires by New York City Office of Emergency Management

Hurricane safety
Outdoor safety