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Dress appropriately before going outdoors. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.  Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy.
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HEALTH & SAFETY

Summer Safety

Stay Safe In Warm Weather     
Warm weather means activities and fun under the sun!  However, you and your family must be careful during those fun-filled outdoor activities. 
  • Dress appropriately before going outdoors. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.  Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy.
     
  • Drink plenty of water.  Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.       
                             
  • Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days.  Take time out to find a cool place.
     
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
     
  • Slow Down.  Avoid strenuous activity during the warmest parts of the day.  Stick to strenuous activities between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Lawn Mowing Tips
It may not seem to be the top priority of your day to prepare for accidents while mowing the lawn, but these accidents do happen.  To prevent them from happening:

  • Keep children and pets out of the yard while mowing.
     
  • Do a walk-through of the area before you begin mowing.  Clear the area of large sticks or other debris.
     
  • Do not cut lawn when it's raining, lightning, or when the grass is slippery.
     
  • Never allow young children to ride alone on a riding mower.
     
  • Wear clothing that offers some protection, and wear eye protection.

Water Safety

  • Learn to swim.  Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.
     
  • Swim in supervised areas only.
     
  • Watch out for the "dangerous too's"-- too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
     
  • Obey all rules and posted signs and pay attention to local weather conditions.

Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies.


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