Have a Safe Summer With These 5 Essential Tips | RMHP Blog



Sunscreen, Wildlife Safety, Hydration, and More: Summer Safety Tips for Western Colorado 

Summertime is almost here, and people across Western Colorado are ready for longer days, sunnier skies, warmer temperatures, and more outdoor adventures. Before summer gets here, make sure your family knows how to avoid accidents and stay safe. 

These five summertime safety tips help you avoid painful sunburns, stay injury-free during your favorite activities, enjoy safe bike rides, and much more. 

1. Never, ever forget to put on sunscreen

There’s a reason “wear sunscreen” is advice that gets repeated over (and over) again: it’s the easiest and most effective way to keep your skin safe from sun damage and skin cancer. 

Using SPF is especially important in Western Colorado where higher elevations and an abundance of sunny days increases exposure and the chance for sun damage.

2. Respect Colorado’s wildlife

Outdoor adventuring means coming into contact with our state’s native inhabitants, and there’s no shortage of wildlife here. You may be tempted to get closer for a great photo, but safe wildlife viewing means giving wild animals space. 

Brushing up on wildlife safety is always a good call, so give yourself a quick refresh with these Colorado Wildlife Safety Tips.

3. Prevent sports injuries from your favorite summertime activities

Summer is a great time to be more active, and with so many opportunities for hiking, road biking, mountain biking, fishing, trail running, and more, it’s never a bad idea to learn about preventing injuries. 

Remember, if you think you or your child may be injured, schedule a visit with the doctor to make sure it isn’t something serious.

4. Whether you’re on the roads or the trails, practice safe cycling

Riding a bike is a great way to enjoy summer, but it can also be unsafe if you don’t know cycling etiquette. When mountain biking, remember to keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Only ride open trails
  • Yield appropriately
  • Let other trail users know when you’re approaching
  • Keep your bike under control at all times
  • Avoid muddy trails
  • Pack out everything you bring in
  • Be on the lookout for wildlife

Road biking can sound scary, but understanding the rules of the road will make your bike rides much more enjoyable. Once you feel comfortable with the safety essentials, check out this list of the Top Roads & Trails in Colorado’s Grand Valley.

5. Carry a refillable water bottle with you everywhere

Dehydration is a real threat during the hottest months of summer, especially in regions like ours with less humidity. Thirst isn’t the best measure of how hydrated you are, and being thirsty means your body is already well on its way to dehydration. 

Carrying a refillable water bottle around with you makes it much easier to stay hydrated, so never leave the house without yours. You can also make these refreshing, sugar-free summer drinks — they’re perfect for those times when plain water starts to taste, well, plain.