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.
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 or text 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.