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Summer Safety Tips for Families

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Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a dangerous season. That's why it's important to be prepared for anything that might happen. In this blog, we will discuss a variety of summer safety tips for the whole family. We'll cover everything from water safety to driving at night, so whether you're hitting the beach or going on a road trip, keep these tips in mind.

Water Safety

With the warmer weather comes more time spent outdoors, and that often means swimming. Whether you're at the beach, the lake, or even in your own backyard pool, it's important to practice water safety. Here are a few tips:

  • Always swim with a buddy. There's strength in numbers, so make sure to have someone with you in case of an emergency.
  • Avoid swimming in unguarded areas. Stick to beaches and pools that have lifeguards on duty.
  • Don't drink alcohol before or during swimming. Alcohol can impair your judgment and increase your risk of drowning.
  • Know your limits. If you're not a strong swimmer, don't push yourself too far. Stick to shallow water where you can touch the bottom.
  • Wear a brightly colored swimsuit that can be visible when underwater. This is especially important for young children.

Parents should also keep a close eye on small children at all times and remember that signs of drowning may not always be easy to spot.

Driving at Night

Although summer means longer days, nighttime driving often increases during this time of year. Here are a few tips for staying safe on the roads after dark:

  • Make sure your headlights and taillights are in good working order. This will help you see and be seen by other drivers.
  • Slow down. Driving at night can be more difficult than during the day, so make sure to take it easy.
  • Pay attention to animals. With the warmer weather, there are more animals out and about, so be on the lookout for them on the roadways.
  • Don't drive if you're tired. Driving while fatigued is dangerous, so if you're feeling sleepy, pull over and rest.

Fire Safety

For those living in Northern California or other areas that are considered high-risk for wildfires, practicing fire safety any time of year is essential. During the dry summer months, remember to:

  • Create a defensible space around your home. This means clearing away any flammable materials like brush and leaves.
  • Have an evacuation plan. Know what you would do if a fire started near your home. Where would you go? How would you get there?
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If there's a chance of high winds or dry conditions, be extra cautious with any fires (including campfires and barbecue grills).

Related Blog: Preparing for California Fire Season

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians

With the warmer weather comes more people out on motorcycles, bicycles, and foot. Here are a few tips for staying safe if you're sharing the road:

  • Obey traffic laws. This seems like a no-brainer, but it's important to remember that bicyclists and pedestrians must follow the same rules of the road as motorists.
  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing or reflective gear so that you can be seen by drivers.
  • Use caution when passing. When overtaking someone on a bicycle or motorcycle, give them plenty of space and don't crowd them.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Drivers sometimes don't see pedestrians or bicyclists, so always be alert when crossing the street.

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