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Ready to dive into summer activities? Here’s how to do it safely.

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With the days getting longer and warm weather in the forecast, you may be looking forward to time at the beach, splashing in the pool, or just relaxing with friends in the backyard. Regardless of your definition of a fun, relaxing summer, you’ll want to make sure you, your family, and guests stay safe. Here are a few tips you may want to consider:


Headed to the beach or a day by the pool?

  • Make sure your pool is guarded and fenced.
  • Supervise all swimmers, especially children, at all times around the pool and at the beach.
  • Consider hiring a professional life guard if you are having a pool party.
  • Take CPR and water safety courses with your family – you never know when those skills will come in handy.


Ready to open your holiday home?

  • Turn the utilities on, and set up lawn, pool, and garbage service, if needed.
  • Check your boating registration and schedule help at the marina to get your boat in the water. 
  • Inspect your deck for rot or winter damage, and get it repaired before guests arrive.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


Starting up the BBQ?

  • Use warm water and mild soap to clean your barbecue, fire pit, or chimenea before using it for the season.
  • Never leave the fire unattended and make sure children stay a safe distance away.
  • Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
  • Keep your fire out from under trees, low-hanging plants or flowers, and away from anything flammable.


Enjoying the sunshine?

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. A good rule of thumb is 8 glasses of water each day.
  • Keep a first aid kit handy at home and in the car, for cuts, scrapes, burns, or insect bites.
  • Use insect repellent if you’re going to be around trees or bush, as Zika, West Nile virus and Lyme disease are all transmitted by insects that are out in the summer months.
  • Protect your skin by using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. Keep in mind that the sun’s UVB rays can cause damage to your skin in as little as 15 minutes.


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