Summer safety tips for your car and home
We don’t have to tell you how summer can be a challenging time of the year; you’ve likely already experienced some scorching days and unique experiences already this season. While summer can offer up a great deal of fun times (backyard barbecues, Hollywood blockbusters in cinemas, and ice cream for dessert to name a few), it also comes with its own set of challenges and dangers. Read ahead for some summer safety tips for your car and home.
Safe driving in the summer
Summer is a busy time for driving because many people like to get into their vehicles and head out on big vacations they’ve been looking forward to all year. With that said, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to driving in the summertime, both before and after you get behind the wheel.
- Get an oil change.
- Be certain your air conditioning works.
- Get your vehicle serviced in such detail to check all fluids and replace windshield wipers.
- Get your tires rotated.
- Make sure all child seats are secure and compliant with current safety regulations.
- Prepare a roadside emergency kit, which includes a car-compatible cell phone charger, a first aid kit, jumper cables, basic repair tools, maps, blankets, non-perishable snacks, and a flashlight.
- Be mindful of the increase in pedestrians.
- Share the road with bicycles and motorcycles.
- Avoid distracted driving behaviors.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Obey all posted speed limits.
- Keep some water with you for all drives so you can keep cool and hydrated.
Home and leisure summer safety habits to keep
Summer is also a great time to work on extra projects around the house, take a dip in the pool, and have friends over for burgers on the grill. Certain precautions should be taken in these situations as well.
- If outside on a hot and humid day, take frequent breaks in the air conditioning and stay hydrated.
- Coat yourself in bug spray when outdoors in the evening to keep mosquitos away.
- When partaking in water recreation: Do not go in unless you can swim; always use the buddy system; don’t swim or dive in areas unfamiliar to you; don’t drink alcohol when swimming; make sure children are supervised at all times; learn CPR if you can.
- If you’re out on a summer night’s walk, don’t distract yourself with your phone, and stay aware of your surroundings.
- Make sure any playgrounds your children use are free of sharp edges or other hazards, and always keep your eye on them.
- If you’re out on a boat, wear a life jacket.
- Be sure that your grill is 10 feet away from your house and that it is cleaned regularly.
- Don’t leave a child or pet unattended in your vehicle for any period of time at all.
- Call a digger’s hotline before breaking ground on any projects.
- Have a spotter available if you use a ladder to paint or do other summer projects.
These tips are not the only ones for helping to ensure a safe summer, but they are great places to start. We hope you enjoy the weather and have a great summer season!
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