Outdoor Safety Tips for Summer – Comprehensive Tips in 2018

Wow! Its summer time again. Time for us all to enjoy the outdoors. It’s time for bringing out the swimsuits, hammocks, bikes, grills, yes, all the outdoor appliances. Yeah! I know, it seems like you have been waiting a lifetime since the last summer, and at last summer is here again.So,let's know outdoor safety tips for summer!

You are probably dying to use your folding hammock and enjoy yourself in the sun. Time to have fun and enjoy. Right?  Well, the outdoors may be dangerous if caution is not observed.  That is why it is important that you stay safe in the outdoors even as you enjoy yourself in the sun. Here are some outdoor safety tips for summer.

Hydrate

This is the single most important rule for staying outdoors this summer. Make sure that you drink as much water as possible. It is advisable to hydrate yourself at least once every 20 minutes when doing vigorous exercises. During the summer, the body loses more water than it gets, through sweating and evaporation leading to dehydration. Why? Because dehydration can lead to

Hydrate


  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability among others.
  • Confusion extreme thirst
  • Low levels of blood pressure

Make sure you supplement your water intake, with hydrating fruits and vegetables. Also, it is advisable to carry along a Portable Water Heater for those camping trips to ensure that you can boil your drinking water. It’s not enough to drink water, you must drink clean water.

Protect Yourself

Too much time, unprotected in the sun can be dangerous.  Medical experts caution that just like anything else, sun exposure must be in moderation. According to Carey Bligard, MD, UnityPoint Health, too much sun exposure may eventually lead to skin cancer.  Also, too much time in the sun may lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn and damage to the eyes.

Protect yourself

So what does it mean to stay protected? This means never leaving the house without your sunscreen and UVA / UVB protection glasses. Whereas most people prepare well for their skin protection, the eyes are usually left to suffer. According to the World Health Organization, UV exposure leads to

  • Cataracts
  • Eye cancer
  • Reduction of the immune system's effectiveness
  • Photokeratitis and photoconjunctivitis which is a form of sunburn in the eyes

It is therefore of grave importance to ensure that your eyes are always protected from the harmful UV rays. Sunscreen is important as it protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. these include

  • Skin cancer
  • Sunburn which may lead to inflammation
  • Affects melanin production when continuously exposed leading to age spots and freckles as you age

So to make sure that you stay protected always apply sunscreen before going outdoors. Make sure you reapply it after swimming or sweating. Additionally, reapply it every two hours. Wear protective clothing and accessories like wide-brimmed hats that offer sun protection for the face ears and back of the neck.

Keep The Bugs Away

Just as you enjoy being out in the summer so do the bugs. Ants flies and other insects also come out to play. How do you ensure they stay away from you?

Keep the bugs away
  • You may use talc powder or chalk to keep ants away from your patio
  • Keep away from places where the bugs are prone e.g. still water pools
  • Try using an eco-friendly solution like mint and other plants that repel bugs
  • Avoid strongly scented body and hair products as they are likely to attract bugs.
  • Check for ticks on infants and children each day as ticks are common during summer.
  • Make sure the children are covered in light clothing when outdoors. Additionally, it is advisable that infants’ cots and strollers have mosquito nets protection when outdoors.

Prepare For Emergencies

The outdoors is fun because of all the activities that you can do. But also accidents are more prone to occur due to the numerous activities. Also, the large masses of people all in the outdoors may tend to further aggravate the situation. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that people are most likely to be injured during Summer. This is why you need to be prepared for emergencies.

Prepare for emergencies

How do you prepare for emergencies?

  • Make sure that your first aid kit is adequately and properly stocked
  • Brush up on your first-aid techniques you never know when you may need to apply them
  • Keep a supply of over the counter medicines like gauzes, bandages, painkillers, antacids, etc.
  • In case you go away from civilization e.g. hiking or camping make sure to carry emergency supplies like high energy biscuits, water etc.
  • Make sure to update your emergency contacts and make sure that you always carry the list with you. Additionally, make sure your kids know the emergency contacts and what to do in case of an emergency.

Know the Weather Forecasts

Take time to know how the weather will be. This will give you an idea of how to prepare for the day. Some summer days tend to be hotter or more humid. This means that on such days you may require more water, looser clothing, etc. on the days that may tend to be wet you should be prepared.

Know the weather forecasts

Stay safe

When going outdoors, depending on the activity you may want to do, gear up appropriately. With the allure of the summer some people tend to throw caution to the wind when it comes to safety. So you must take initiative to stay safe

  • When biking, make sure you wear a well-fitting helmet. As an extra caution when it comes to children, consider knee and elbow pads.
  • When camping or hiking ensure to pack all the essentials and emergency supplies. Folding Wagons come in handy to ensure that you have a convenient storage area. Also dress appropriately and carry extra clothes or blankets. Wear comfortable shoes. Carry your sunscreen and UV protection glasses. Do not forget your first aid supplies. It is probably a good idea to have a Portable Propane Heater at hand. Summer storms are a common occurrence and the heater will come in handy to keep the cold away.
  • For water activities, make sure you and all in your company know how to swim. If not invest in rubber floaters. Have a lifeguard in attendance especially if you go swimming with children and never leave them unattended. Do not drink alcohol when you want to take a dip. Alcohol decreases your body’s motor function and reduces your body’s ability for heat regulation. And always have someone to accompany you when you go swimming. Even experienced swimmers can get into a jam.

Beware of Poisonous Plants

Summertime means that all the flowers are in bloom. Beautiful and attractive. But some plants despite their attractive appearance may be very poisonous.

Beware of poisonous plants
  • Make sure that you and your family have basic knowledge of the common poisonous plants like the Poison Ivy, poison sumac, poison Oak, water Hemlock, Oleander, Rhubarb leaves, white Snakeroot and the Jimson weed.
  • Teach your children about what to do in case they come into contact with the poisonous plants. Management usually entails washing off the affected area and changing your clothes immediately. Once washed use an antihistamine and a hydrocortisone cream.

Beware of Food Poisoning

With the wonderful weather outside, most people prefer to take their meals outside. Hiking and camping also mean eating outdoors. Because of the high temperatures during summer food is prone to go bad much faster than any time of the year. Food poisoning is therefore very common during summer. This is because of the bacteria in the food can cause toxins which can withstand high-temperature cooking (Washington State Department of Health).

Beware of food poisoning

Most susceptible are eggs, foods with dairy products and mayonnaise. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that annually, 48 million Americans get sick. Out of these 128,000 are hospitalized and a further 3,000 succumb due to foodborne diseases. Usually after eating contaminated food. 

What do you need to do to prevent food poisoning?

  • Store uncooked meats separately from cooked foods
  • Make sure all the raw fruits and vegetables are thoroughly cleaned
  • Store food in a cooler before eating and immediately restore any uneaten food for later consumption. 
  • Ensure that you wash your hands before handling any food. If you have no water clean your hands with antibacterial.

Grilling Safety

Grilling is another much loved activity during this awesome season. But there is a conduct to safe grilling if you are to enjoy the cuts. First is the safety of you and your children. The National Fire Protection Association says that annually, the American fire departments are called to extinguish 1,600 BBQ related home fires.

Grilling safety
  • Avoid loose, dangling clothing
  • Setting up your grill on a wooden surface is a NO! NO!
  • Grill in open spaced to avert the chance of carbon poisoning and accidental fires.
  • Ensure your grill is placed apart from other objects with a distance of at least 10 feet
  • Make sure that the grill is not left unattended to avoid accidental burning especially where children are involved.

Enjoy with outdoor safety tips for summer

This bonus tip is to remind you to enjoy. Summertime comes round only once a year so enjoy your time to the fullest.

While the allure of spending all your time outside is quite tempting, be cautious. Staying safe outdoors is crucial in determining whether or not you will enjoy the summer. As long as you follow these tips and stay safe outdoors you will gladly partake the luxury of the summer. Picnics. Hikes, swimming are all yours for the taking. Stay safe.

William Jones
 

I launched this blog as a product reviewer and passionate blogger. Beside provide advance material, guiding you towards a better home and outdoors gears essentials reviews. I devote my maximum time creating research-based product recommended to you for an easy pick.

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