Prevention is Better than Cure: Summer Safety Tips

It’s no coincidence that they say “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Follow these tips to ensure your family stays safe, healthy and happy.

Have a Summer Safety Kit:

As much as we love the extra time spent outdoors come warm weather, summer brings with it the potential for a higher than average amount of minor emergencies. Prepare for whatever comes your way by taking the time to pack a grab-and-go summer safety kit in a waterproof case.

Stocking your First Aid Kid

In the case of open wounds, prevent infection by keeping cuts clean and covered with:

  • Sanitizing wipes and latex gloves
  • Gauze, bandages and adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic ointments to prevent infection
  • Antiseptic wipes

Other helpful items include:

  • Splints
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Bug spray
  • Disposable thermometers
  • Sterile eyewash and eye dressings
  • Vaseline
  • Burn creams and dressings
  • Epipen for known allergies
  • Instant cold packs
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe vera gel for sunburns
  • Tea tree oil for poison ivy
  • Hydrocortisone cream for rashes and bug bites
  • Medical manuals and basic first aid instructions
  • Grooming and cleaning tools: nail clippers, soap & antiseptic wipes
  • Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol, Dramamine and Benadryl for adults and children

Now with your kit ready to go, store it in a place out of direct sunlight so the medications won’t overheat. When it comes time to use, make sure you replace any items that run out and periodically get rid of outdated medications.

One last tip: keep your summer safety kit easily accessible to you—and not to young children.

Fire Safety:

For many of us, summer smells like a backyard barbeque. No matter whether you’re grilling out, hosting a bonfire, or doing both at the same time, make sure you stay safe.

grill smart fire safety tips

Grilling Out

  • Make sure your grill is more than 10 feet away your home, hanging plants, patio decor and more.
  • Routinely check for gas leaks. Coat the connection and hoses with a 50/50 mixture of water and dish soap and turn the gas on. Large soap bubbles mean you have a leak or need to tighten the connections.
  • Prevent fires caused by grease buildup by cleaning your grill regularly and making sure never to grill too much fatty meat at once.
  • Always remember to keep the lid of your grill open when you turn on the gas to avoid gas buildup capable of causing a surprise explosion when you open the lid.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby.

Campfire Safety

  • Prepare your fire pit by removing any leftover debris, making sure no tree branches fall over the pit and enclosing it with rocks or metal.
  • Keep a minimum of a 5 foot perimeter of soil around the edges of the pit and make sure flammable items like bug spray stay far away from the fire.
  • Keep water and/or a fire extinguisher close by.

Now that you’re set to have a safe summer barbecue and campfire, all that’s left is heading to the grocery store. Might we suggest some s’mores?