Summer is here and that means it’s time to update or create a summertime safety list. Summer is a time of sun and fun, but it can also be deadly if you don’t follow some summer time safety precautions. Prevention is key and in order to prevent disasters from happening you need to be prepared.

The heat is probably the biggest threat during the summer months. Excessive heat can kill so be sure to follow these safety tips regarding the heat.

Hydrate – Make sure you’re hydrated during the summer. Make sure your pets are hydrated too. Drink plenty of water and stay away from foods and beverages that can be dehydrating – alcohol and energy drinks are few. Kids, especially little ones, dehydrate quickly so make sure they are drinking plenty of water. During covid water fountains were turned off, many of them remain non functioning so be sure to carry a bottle of water with you when it’s really hot out.

Exercise – Nothing beats a brisk walk or early morning run, but exercise outside can be taxing on hot days and it can dehydrate you quickly. Exercise in the evening or early morning to avoid the extreme heat and humidity.

Vehicles – Never leave a child or pet inside a vehicle. Even if the temperature isn’t excessive outside the inside of a car can heat up fast. It’s not worth the risk so just don’t do it.

Car jackings and vehicle theft is up drastically in most major cities so be sure to lock your car at all times. When parking in a parking ramp or parking lot park under or near a light to discourage theft. Don’t leave valuables in your car, even if they are in the trunk and out of sight.

Home Safety – Crime usually increases during the summer months. Protect yourself and your home by being more alert to those around you and your home. Keep doors and windows locked at all time. Install a video doorbell or camera to dissuade those who would burglarize your home.

Community – Create a neighborhood watch. Good neighbors make safe neighborhoods. Get to know your neighbors and keep an eye on each other. Exchange emails and phone numbers and consider creating a Facebook group to connect and keep everyone informed.

Summer is a time of fun and sun, and with a few safety measures in place it can be a safe time too.