Now that summer is here, it’s important to follow some basic summertime safety tips to ensure everyone stays safe and has a great time. Whether in the water, at the beach, watching fireworks or just running errands on a hot day, there are many things you can do to ensure you, your kids and the elderly stay safe this summer.

Summertime Safety

Use Sunscreen – Skin cancers are on the rise, if you’re going to spend any time in the sun be sure to slather on the sunscreen. It only takes about 15 minutes to get a burn so wear it every time you spend time outdoors. Make sure the kids wear it while swimming and reapply frequently if they’re in the water a lot.

Fireworks – Don’t let kids play with fireworks. Let adults put on the fireworks display. Even kid friendly fireworks like sparklers and caps can cause burns so make sure adults are supervising any use of fireworks.

Vehicles – Never leave a child or pet alone in a hot car. Even with the windows cracked, there isn’t enough circulation and death can result quickly. The Florida sun and heat is too much this time of year. Never leave a child or pet in a vehicle that is running so the a/c can be used. A running car, even with pets or children in it can be too much of a temptation for those who might want to steal the vehicle. Leave the kids and pets at home while you run errands, don’t risk their lives to save time.

Bicycles – Always wear a helmet. Make sure any children in your care also wear a helmet. It doesn’t matter how long or short the ride is, a helmet is necessary for anyone riding a bike. Get in the habit of always wearing your helmet. Obey the rules of the road. If possible ride on the sidewalk, if not use bike paths. If you must ride in the street with traffic ride in the same direction as traffic. Don’t zip through stop signs or traffic lights.

Boating – Be sure everyone has a life jacket and everyone is wearing their life jacket. No matter what kind of boat, make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket. Children are required to wear them.

Water – During the heat it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to keep cool.

First Aid Kit – Keep a First Aid Kit in your car for emergencies like bee stings, scrapes and cuts. For more serious injuries call your doctor, go to urgent care or the ER.