Summer Safety Tips

Driving Safety:

As traffic on the roads increases during the summer months, keep in mind the safety tips below.

  • Refrain from using your cell phone while driving
  • Put your cell phone on silent or in the glove box to avoid temptation
  • Safely pull over and put the vehicle in Park to take or make a call
  • Always wear a safety belt – every trip, every time
  • Make sure every passenger is wearing his or her safety belt before you begin your drive
  • Children should sit in the back and use the proper child safety seat or booster seat
  • Never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, especially during hot weather
  • If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver
  • If there is a young driver in your family, strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy with alcohol – all states have a 21-year-old drinking age law
  • Never get in the car with an intoxicated driver
  • Avoid aggressive driving by keeping your emotions in check and focusing on your own driving
  • Don’t tailgate or flash your lights at another driver
  • Listen to this podcast for tips on driving safely in the dark

 

Drowning:

In 2010, unintentional drowning claimed the lives of 3,600 people.

  • When visiting a pool, water park or body of
    water this weekend, pay close attention to children at all times – a lifeguard may be present, but they should not be considered a babysitter
  • Teach your children to never swim alone or dive into unknown bodies of water and to always use approved flotation devices
  • Avoid using alcohol in and around the water – according to CDC, among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation, almost a quarter of ED visits for drowning and about one in five reported boating deaths

Hot Weather:

  • Nice weather is ideal for celebrations
    but can present serious hazards, especially to children and the elderly.
  • Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are serious, life-threatening illnesses characterized by an extreme rise in body temperature
  • If you are concerned that someone is suffering from overheating, move them to the shade and call for emergency assistance, if necessary