With summer in full swing, we’re beginning the process of getting back to a new normal. While no one knows for sure what that will look like, there are still plenty of fun activities for the whole family while summer camps, organized sports, community pools, music festivals and other large gatherings are mostly on hold. Here are a few summer safety tips to get your summer off to a smart start.
- Never leave any open flame or heat source lit and unattended
- Never grill indoors—not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area
- Keep kids and pets away from grills and fires
- Place fire pits and barbecues well away from structures and overhanging branches
- Wear fireproof oven mitts and have a fire extinguisher nearby
- Don’t try to light fires in windy or wet conditions and never use accelerants, garbage or other materials to get a fire going
- Constantly supervise children around water and avoid distractions. If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers.
- In the event of an emergency, reach or throw an object to the person in trouble. Don’t go in! You could become a victim yourself.
- Don’t share goggles, nose clips, snorkels or other personal items
- Do not wear face coverings in the water as it may be difficult to breathe
- And never, ever swim alone
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands or aim them at anyone
- Don’t let kids play with fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby
- Use fireworks away from houses
- Don’t shoot fireworks while under the influence of alcohol
- Never try to re-light a firework that has malfunctioned
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