Summer Fun Means Summer Safety
Help make sure your summer fun isn't spoiled by an unexpected accident
We’re out more, we’re doing more, we’re on the road or in the backyard – summer is time for fun, but it’s also time to think about your safety and the safety of your family. You may encounter danger when you least expect it – while having fun. Here are some reminders of summer safety tips to help keep everybody secure.
Campfires, Barbeques and Burns
A campfire sets the rustic, outdoors mood, and that barbeque cooks up some tasty meals during the summer months. However, these hotspots are also potential sources of burns.
- Keep the kids a safe distance away from a campfire, and teach them from an early age that, although a flickering campfire may be fascinating, it is best enjoyed from a safe distance.
- Keep small children away from the backyard barbeque. And remember that even after the barbeque is turned off, the sides may remain hot for hours - hot enough to cause a serious burn.
- If you have a barbeque fueled by propane, check and replace your unit’s pressure valve when signs of wear and tear are detected. You can purchase replacement units at the local hardware store, or directly from the barbeque manufacturer.
Planning a road trip this summer? Plan ahead for safety.
- Before driving – especially in the hot Nevada summer months – have your family car tuned and prepped for triple-digit temperatures, no matter where you are or where you’re headed.
- Check your tires before a vacation trip, or even a short drive to the hiking trail head. A blow-out at high speed is dangerous. It’s also preventable in many cases, so make sure tires are in excellent shape and properly inflated.
- Buckle up, buckaroos. You may be driving with the kids for a few hours, but everybody stays buckled up all the time for all-the-time safety. Baby’s car seats should be certified approved, and installed properly, with infants secured while on the road.
- Make sure to pack a safety kit for the road that includes bandages, ointments, bug spray, a flashlight (or two), road flares, and any medications required by your vacationers.
- Don’t leave kids or pets alone in the car while you “just run in to get something.” With the windows rolled up and the sun heating your vehicle, an overheated car can be extremely dangerous. Take the kids and the dog with you.
Swimming Pool Do’s and Don’ts
During the summer months, many Silver State residents enjoy backyard swimming pools to beat Nevada’s heat.
- Swimming pool dangers can be lessened with a locked, fenced-in pool area. Also, consider adding a floating alarm that sends a signal whenever the pool water is agitated.
- Think of the swimming pool as a source of danger. Watch the pool and watch the kids. Never let children swim unsupervised.
- Fill the pool with air-filled tubes, rafts and other toys that swimmers can grab on to.
- An ice-cold drink may cool you down, as long as it’s ice-cold tea. Alcohol and swimming pools don’t mix. As the host, and lifeguard, keep track of how many beers Uncle Bob has had before attempting his famous cannonball. It’s your job to help keep party-goers safe around the pool.
Safe at Home
- Clean and service your home’s air-conditioning unit. Without regular maintenance, these devices can release mold spores and other contaminants into your home.
- You may not think about it during the hot months of summer, so here’s a reminder: check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries to make sure they’re operating at peak efficiency.
- Replace burned-out exterior lights, especially around pathways and the pool. Remember, if you can’t see the danger, you can’t avoid the danger.
Do You Really Know What You’re Doing?
If you’re trying out a new way to have fun in the sun, you may be in danger simply because you lack experience. Start slowly, know your limits, and use common sense. Go with a knowledgeable friend, or group, and learn safety precautions.
If you’ve never driven a quad down Nevada’s trails, take lessons before you try it, and start out on easy trails. Rock climbing for the first time? If you’ve never climbed anything more difficult than the stairs, scaling a rock face can be treacherous, so go with an instructor.
Ever navigate a houseboat? If you don’t know your stem from your stern, renting and navigating a houseboat for a week of fun in the sun can be dangerous. Even a hike in the woods presents potential safety problems for those who aren’t experienced in hiking. Wrong shoes, wrong supplies, wrong turn, and what started as a fun outing can turn into a potentially dangerous situation.
Your brain usually warns you of potential danger, if you simply listen. If you think it might be dangerous, chances are it is dangerous – and something you should avoid until you’ve learned the ropes from an experienced teacher or guide.
Keep safety in mind no matter what the activity. Think safety first, and summer fun will follow.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A. Member FDIC