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Summer Safety Tips

How to Stay Safe All Summer Long

 

Summertime, and the living is easy. That doesn’t mean safety can take a backseat, though. When you and your family are playing outside this summer keep these precautions and safety tips in mind.

 

Remember, the sun’s rays are stronger than you think

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Wearing it daily is important no matter where you live, but we get extra doses of UV rays here in Colorado. Higher elevations combined with regularly sunny skies mean sunscreen is extra important when you’re spending time outside.

 

To learn more about safe sunscreen use, read up on sun protection tips for Coloradans.

 

Drink water, and then drink some more

Always carry plenty of water with you when you’re out and about during the summer, and sip it often. By the time you start feeling thirsty you’re already on your way toward dehydration. Even if your kids don’t want to drink up, it’s vital they stay hydrated, too. You could try adding flavor enhancers or one of these refreshing (and sugar free) summer drinks to entice picky palates.

 

Sweat is made up of water, sodium, and other body-cooling substances. But, a lack of sweating doesn’t mean you can skip the H2O. Even if you aren’t sweating, your body still needs water.

 

Stay safe in the water

For many people, summertime means swimming, whitewater rafting, stand up paddleboarding, and other water-based activities.

 

Diving into a cool, refreshing body of water is a simple summer joy, but you also need to pay attention to safety. From recognizing the signs of drowning to swimming with a buddy, here are some swimming safety tips everyone should know.

 

One final note on hydration… it’s important even if you’re in the water! It’s easy to miss signs of thirst when you’re swimming, so be sure to drink plenty of water when you and the family are splashing around.

 

Pay attention to your body and check in with the kids regularly

First, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, dark colored urine, and pale skin are all symptoms that merit immediate attention. When you’re spending time outside in the heat, check on children regularly. They may not realize they’re getting overheated, especially if they’re excited about playing.

 

If you or someone else is experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, follow these steps:

  • Get to an air conditioned place. If that option isn’t available locate a cool, shaded spot.
  • Drink lots of water and other fluids (sports drinks can be particularly helpful to rebalance electrolytes).
  • Remove tight/unneeded clothing.
  • Hop into a cool shower or bath, or take a cold sponge bath.
  • Fans, ice, cold towels, and other cooling techniques should also be used.

 

If the symptoms don’t subside within 15 minutes, it’s time for emergency medical help to avoid heat stroke.

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