Summer Safety Tips
Soon summer will be in full swing. Lots of sunshine, long days to enjoy being outside, spending time with friends, cookouts, going to the beach, and fireworks on the 4th of July – just to name a few of the joys of summer.
Make sure you keep in mind the following summer safety tips:
Enjoy summer activities but take steps to prevent injury
You know you’ll be more active but don’t let an injury ruin your summer.
- Falls are the leading cause of injuries for youth under 19. Wearing a helmet when riding a bike, moped, or motorcycle protect you from a serious head injury called a concussion.
- Who doesn’t love July 4th fireworks?! This is South Carolina after all! Lighting your own fireworks can result in severe burns, blindness, and even death. Instead, go to a local firework display organized by professionals. Check here to find a free fireworks show near you.
Beat the heat
Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and not just when you’re thirsty. Sunburn is another serious injury that can cause a skin cancer called melanoma. Scheduling your outdoor activities in the morning and early evening hours can help keep you safe from the sun’s dangerous rays. But no matter when, always wear sunscreen when going outdoors. Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
, which blocks 97% of the sun's dangerous rays.Keep your mind on the driving & Keep your hands on the wheel
The risk of car accidents goes up dramatically in the summer when more young people are on the road. Wear your seat belt, it’s the law. Everyone has probably heard this by now but never call
while driving! One last thing about driving – watch for small children while driving through residential neighborhoods. They’re out of school for the summer break, too.
Now that you have these safety tips, it’s time to have fun! If you’re looking for fun, free activities near you, check out this event calendar
from the SC Information Highway.