Summer is certainly a great time to enjoy life; even so, it is important to do so in a safe and cautious manner. While we at Basi Insurance highly recommend taking out health and other forms of insurance coverage that will offer you protection and compensation should you get hurt, it is naturally much better to avoid accidents in the first place. Following are our top seven summer safety tips for Oakdale residents.
1. Watch Out for Bugs
Mosquitoes and other pests like warm weather just as much as people do. Wear pants and a long sleeve shirt when going out in nature at dusk. It is also a good idea to use an insect repellent with 20% DEET.
2. Protect the Home and Garden from Pests
Seal cracks, holes and crevices in the home structure that could allow pests to enter the home. Keep things clean and avoid leaving garbage in or around the yard.
4. Take Care When Swimming
Water in public pools is bleached; even so, it can still spread diseases. Be sure to shower before getting in the pool and when getting out, and children who are not yet potty-trained should wear swim diapers.
5. Maintain Proper Hygiene While Barbecuing
While beef can be served rare or medium rare, it is imperative to make sure chicken is thoroughly cooked. It is also important to ensure that cooked meats are not placed on a dish that contained raw meat. Using dishes with lids or some other type of cover that keeps the flies away is recommended.
6. Use Protective Gear
Parents should make sure that children use protective gear while skating, biking, skateboarding and/or engaging in other similar activities. The helmet must fit the child properly and be fastened correctly in order to provide maximum protection, and a child should also wear arm pads and knee pads. Protective gear is also recommended for teenagers and adults that engage in the above-mentioned activities.
7. Avoid Activities that are not Age-Appropriate
Avoid activities that are not age appropriate for the child or children in question. Children younger than 16 years old should not be allowed to drive all-terrain vehicles or use ride-on mowers. Kids younger than 12 years old should not be allowed to use a walk-behind lawn mower without supervision. It is also dangerous to allow children and young people to light their own fireworks.
Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/features/movingoutdoors/, http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/Summer-Safety-Tips.aspx