Spending time outside this summer? Remember to stay safe!

Spending time outside this summer? Remember to stay safe!

Our Safety & Risk Management team wants to remind you that safety isn’t just about the job site. We all love fun in the sun, and with summer vacations, weekend trips, and lake days coming up, there’s a lot to do during these longer days. While you’re out with your family and friends-or even getting a little quiet time in-we want you and your family to be safe in the heat and the water all summer long, so here are some tips to keep your summer activities fun and SAFE!

Sun Safety
Prevent heat illnesses by limiting outdoor activity midday when the sun is the hottest, wearing loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and cooling down as needed.
Stay hydrated by ensuring everyone is drinking plenty of fluids, primarily water through the day. Don’t wait until you're thirsty to drink - good hydration starts the day before!
Don’t forget the sunscreen! Apply an SPF of 30 or higher 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply throughout the day. One of the best ways to protect from the sun is to keep skin covered with clothing and shade.
Always wear sunglasses in the bright sun, and make sure they are designed to block UV rays.

Water Safety
Avoid drinking alcohol while swimming or operating a boat or watercraft.
Don’t dive or jump into water that you can’t see through! The water might not be as deep as you think, or there may be obstacles like rocks or stumps hidden beneath the surface.
Actively supervise children whenever you’re in or around the water.
Children and non-swimmers should always wear a properly-fitted, US Coast Guard-approved life jacket when in a boat or pool, near open bodies of water, or when participating in water sports. Floating toys are not safe substitutes for PFDs!

Outdoor Safety
Everyone - children and adults - should wear a bike helmet every time they ride.
Protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks by using repellent.
Keep an eye out for those summer storms! Remember the 30/30 rule – If you can't count to 30 between the first visible lightning strike and the next sound of thunder, you should seek shelter immediately indoors or in your vehicle. Shelter in place for at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.
Have first aid kits on hand for summer outings and be prepared to administer First Aid and CPR in case of emergency.
Use the buddy system – don’t swim or hike alone, and let people know your plans and location before you leave.