Summer days mean more time for fun in the sun but also bring their own risks. Before you head out the door, make sure you take precautions to keep you and your family safe.
Shelter from the Sun
Too much fun in the sun leaves you susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. When possible, limit sun exposure.
- Drink more water and avoid alcohol since it can dehydrate you.
- Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Use a hat for additional protection for your scalp, face and ears.
- Wear sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.
- Take breaks when working outdoors. Find a shady place or somewhere with air conditioning.
Beat the Bites
Insects, arachnids and snakes-even a small bite from one can ruin a good summer day.
- Use an insect repellent when going outdoors. Having DEET repellent can help ward off mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks.
- Check your gardening gloves and boots before putting them on. These are great hiding places for spiders and scorpions.
- Wear protective clothing like heavy footwear when working in an area where snakes could be.
Fun with Firework
Summertime light shows are fun but dangerous. There are many local fireworks displays put on by professionals, but if you choose to do your own display, be mindful of safety.
- Never light fireworks near power lines. Only light them in open areas.
- Children should be spectators, not participants.
- Be sure there are no burn bans where you are using fireworks. Keep a bucket of water or water hose nearby in case of fire.
Grilling is a great way to add flavor to your food (and it saves electricity!).
- Keep your pit outside and away from the home.
- Never leave your grill unattended and do not allow children and pets to play nearby.
- Keep your grill clean and don’t allow fat and grease to build up on the grills and trays.
We at Medina Electric Cooperative wish you a summer filled with fun and the makings of many happy memories. Wherever this season’s adventures take you, keep these practices in mind to stay safe.