One of the best things about summer in Henrico County is how many fun things there are to do outdoors. But before you head to the backyard, beach, or campground this summer, it’s important to know a few beneficial safety tips. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help ensure that your summer stays fun and relaxing for both you and your loved ones.
A safe backyard is one that is designed for summertime fun. Before you hold that barbeque or party, however, there are a few things that you should do to get your backyard ready. For instance, check the lawn and surrounding areas carefully for holes, exposed tree roots, and other potential hazards. Few things can ruin the fun like a twisted ankle or skinned knee. Fill any holes you find, and cover or remove roots or other likely dangers.
In the event that you are planning to grill outside, there are a few things you should do before you light those burners. If you have a gas grill, check for broken or cracked hoses or leaks. Be sure to set up your grill well away from the house, patio furniture, or branches. Never walk away from a grill while it’s on, and be sure to let it cool down completely before attempting to remove ashes.
If your favorite summer destination is the beach, it’s crucial to take a few basic safety measures as well. For example, pay attention to weather reports and warning flags. Even if it seems clear, there could be potential hazards from lightning strikes or rough waves that might seem to come out of nowhere. Also, never swim alone, and do not allow children or pets to play in the water unsupervised. It only takes a moment for someone to fall, slip under the water, and even lose consciousness or drown.
If camping is more your idea of summer fun, there are important things to know before you head out. Just like swimming, you should never hike or camp alone. If you don’t know first aid or it has been a while, take a refresher course, and re-stock your first aid kit. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen, hat, and insect repellant. Be careful with the bug spray; however, some pesticides can cause skin irritation or otherwise harm your health. Lastly, stay on marked trails or carry both a map and a compass with you at all times, and follow all guidelines for proper fire safety.
By following these simple safety tips, you can better focus on having fun and enjoying your favorite summer activity. After all, a little preparation goes a long way!
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