One of the highlights of summer in Plantation is how many fun things there are to do outdoors. But before you head to the backyard, beach, or campground this summer, it’s important to know a few practical safety tips. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help ensure that your summer stays fun and relaxing for both you and your loved ones.
A safe backyard is one that is designed for summertime fun. Before you hold that barbeque or party, however, there are a few things that you should do to get your backyard ready. For instance, check the lawn and surrounding areas carefully for holes, exposed tree roots, and other potential hazards. Several accidents can ruin your enjoyment, including a twisted ankle or skinned knee. Fill any holes you find, and cover or remove roots and other associated risks.
If you’re going to grill outside, there are a few things you should do before you light those burners. If you are using a gas grill, check for broken or cracked hoses or leaks. Be sure to set up your grill well away from the house, patio furniture, or branches. Never walk away from a grill while it’s on, and be sure to let it cool down completely before attempting to remove ashes.
If the beach is your favorite summer spot, it is also advisable to take a couple of safety measures. For instance, pay attention to weather reports and warning flags. Even if it seems clear, there could be potential hazards from lightning strikes or rough waves that could all of a sudden appear. Also, never swim alone, and do not allow children or pets to play in the water unsupervised. It only takes a moment for someone to fall, slip under the water, and even lose consciousness or drown.
If camping is one of your goals this summer season, there are important things to know before going out. Like swimming, you should never hike or camp alone. If you don’t know first aid or it has been a while, take a refresher course, and re-stock your first aid kit. Remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen, hat, and insect repellant. Be aware when using the bug spray; however, some pesticides can cause skin irritation or otherwise harm your health. Also, stay on clearly marked trails or carry both a map and a compass with you at all times and obey all the safety protocols for right fire safety.
By using these simple safety tips, you can better focus on having fun and enjoying your favorite summer activity. After all, a little preparation goes a long way!
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