One of the most remarkable parts of summer in Norfolk is how many fun things there are to do outdoors. But before you head to the backyard, beach, or campground this summer, it’s important to know a few interesting safety tips. Taking a few simple precautions can help ensure that your summer stays fun and relaxing for you and your loved ones.
A safe backyard is one that is designed for summertime fun. Before you hold that barbeque or party, however, there are a few things that you should do to get your backyard ready. For instance, carefully check the lawn and surrounding areas for holes, exposed tree roots, and other potential hazards. Some of them can ruin the fun like a twisted ankle or skinned knee. Fill any holes you find, and cover or remove roots to increase safety.
If you would like to grill outside, there are a few things you should do before you light those burners. Check for broken or cracked hoses or leaks when using a gas grill. Be sure to set up your grill well away from the house, patio furniture, or branches. Never walk away from a grill while it’s on, and be sure to let it cool down completely before attempting to remove ashes.
Taking some basic safety measures is also important if you want to spend your summer holidays on the beach. For instance, pay attention to weather reports and warning flags. Even if it seems clear, there could be potential hazards from lightning strikes or rough waves that may seem to happen unexpectedly. Besides, never swim alone, and do not allow children or pets to play in the water unsupervised. It only takes a moment for someone to fall, slip under the water, and even lose consciousness or drown.
If camping is your interpretation of summer, there are important things to know before you get started. Like with swimming, you should never hike or camp alone. If you don’t know first aid or it has been a while, take a refresher course, and re-stock your first aid kit. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen, hat, and insect repellant. Be meticulous when using bug spray; however, some pesticides can cause skin irritation or otherwise harm your health. Finally, stay on clearly marked trails or always carry a map and a compass with you and obey all policies and guidelines for proper fire safety.
By applying these simple safety tips, you can better focus on having fun and enjoying your favorite summer activity. After all, a little preparation goes a long way!
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