Summer is here, and with it comes the promise of fun in the sun. However, with all that fun comes an increased risk of being injured or otherwise harmed by accidents. While you can’t control everything that happens this summer—and while we do not want to make anyone feel paranoid or scared to go outside—it’s important that everyone stay safe this season. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my top 10 tips for keeping safe and sound during summertime:
Follow your gut
- Listen to your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. If you’re at a party and someone makes you uncomfortable, leave. If there’s an unfamiliar car parked in front of your house or apartment building late at night, call the police immediately and report it–even if it turns out to be nothing, they’ll appreciate the call anyway.
- Report suspicious activity when appropriate (and don’t dismiss anything). It’s tempting not to get involved when we see something strange going on around us–but sometimes those little things can add up into big problems down the road! If someone seems like they might be up to no good in public spaces like parks or shopping malls (like pushing people around), report them immediately so authorities can keep an eye on them; similarly if someone seems suspiciously out-of-place near private residences like homes or apartments buildings then also call 911 immediately so local law enforcement can investigate further before anything bad happens.*
- Plan ahead. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of summer, and before you know it, you’ve left your house without any sunscreen or water bottles. Planning ahead can help ensure that important items are packed beforehand–and that they’re packed correctly! If there’s one thing we learned from our childhoods (or if we’ve been paying attention since), it’s that an unprepared backpack makes for a lot less fun than a well-stocked one.
- Stay aware of your surroundings as much as possible–especially when walking alone at night! This is especially important if you’re going out with friends who may be less aware than yourself; ask them if they’d like company on their walk home from class or work so that nobody gets lost in the dark alone.*
Know your surroundings
The first step to staying safe is knowing your surroundings. If you’re new to an area or don’t know the people around you, take time to get acquainted with your surroundings and the people who live there. Ask questions about local rules and regulations, as well as how best to call for help if something happens. You should also learn where nearby police stations are located so that if necessary, they can be easily reached in case of an emergency situation–and know what number(s) should be dialed for different types of situations (911 for life-threatening emergencies).
Know Your Limits
It’s important not only that children know what’s acceptable behavior but also understand their own limits when engaging in activities like swimming or playing sports outside in hot weather conditions such as heat waves or extreme humidity levels that may lead towards dehydration due excessive sweating during physical activity which could lead towards serious health problems such as heat stroke so make sure kids stay hydrated throughout these types environments by drinking plenty water before during after each activity session since dehydration symptoms include dizziness nausea weakness rapid pulse sweating confusion fatigue chills headache confusion fainting loss consciousness seizures coma death
Be aware of the weather
- Be aware of the weather.
- Know how to dress for the weather.
- Be aware of the dangers of heatstroke and hypothermia, as well as other summer-related dangers such as lightning and fire.
Keep children close by and in sight
- Keep children close by and in sight.
- Don’t let them wander off.
- Don’t let them play near the water (ponds, lakes, rivers).
- Don’t let them play with matches or lighters.
- Make sure you have an adult present when grilling food outdoors; keep minors away from grills at all times!
And last but not least…
Dress for success–in layers, not creams
Wear layers. You’re probably well aware that it gets hot during the summer, but did you know that layering your clothing can help keep you cooler? Layers trap air between them and insulate against heat loss, which means that wearing three shirts will be more effective than one shirt at keeping you cool. Layering also helps prevent sunburn: the darker colors in each layer absorb more UV light than lighter ones do (which is why people with darker skin get fewer wrinkles), so by wearing several different-colored shirts on top of each other, your skin gets less radiation exposure from both sides at once–and if one layer does happen to burn off, there are still two others protecting those sensitive spots beneath!
If possible, wear a hat with a brim large enough to shade out the sun’s rays without blocking any important vision areas (such as when driving). Also make sure not only that all exposed areas are covered up but also that they aren’t exposed too long: if possible choose lighter colored clothing over dark ones so as not accidentally overheat while working outside; after all even though sunscreen provides protection against UV damage doesn’t mean we should ignore our own safety priorities either!
Keep ID on you
- Keep your ID on you. Don’t leave it in the car, don’t leave it in a purse or bag, and don’t leave it in a pocket.
- Don’t forget that having your ID on you makes getting into bars easier as well!
Watch your valuables–and their safety too!
- Keep your valuables safe. If you’re going to be outdoors, keep your valuables with you at all times and don’t leave them in plain sight. Thieves are looking for easy targets, so don’t make yourself an easy target!
- Be aware of your surroundings–and the safety of others as well! If someone is acting suspiciously or making people feel uncomfortable, contact law enforcement immediately by calling 911 or using one of many apps that allow users to report suspicious activity in their area (such as “iWatch” on iOS devices). You can also reach out directly via social media platforms like Twitter (@SFPD) or Facebook (/SFPD). The more eyes on the streets looking out for each other’s wellbeing during these summer months means less crime overall!
Don’t leave food out if there are pets or children around
Whether you are a pet owner or not, it’s important to keep your food safe from animals and children. Pets can be attracted to food that is not theirs, and children may be tempted by your tasty treats as well. Additionally, if a pet is eating and a child comes near, there is the potential for an altercation between them.
Be aware of pets other than your own-on leashes and off of them!
You may think that your dog is a well-behaved, obedient animal. But even the most loving and obedient pets can become unpredictable when they’re in new environments, especially if they see another dog they don’t know. Be aware of other people’s dogs on leashes or off of them! Make sure your canine companion isn’t getting too excited around other canines–it could lead to an accident or injury for both parties involved. If you see someone else’s pet off its leash, politely ask them to put it back on so no one gets hurt (and don’t forget: if there are children nearby, it might be wise to remind that person).
Summer is fun but it’s important to stay safe.
Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it’s also important to stay safe. Here are 10 tips that will help you do just that:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street, watch out for pets and children playing in yards or parks, and dress appropriately for hot weather (and cold!).
- Keep ID on hand at all times so if something happens, you can be identified quickly by first responders or police officers. This includes things like driver’s licenses or passports–even credit cards with your name printed on them are helpful! You never know when these might come in handy during an emergency situation so don’t leave home without them!
- Keep an eye on your valuables while enjoying outdoor activities like picnics or swimming parties; thieves tend not only target homes but public areas as well during summer months when people aren’t paying attention due to being focused more on having fun than protecting themselves against theft attempts made by strangers lurking nearby hoping no one notices their actions until after they’ve already gotten away with whatever goods they stole successfully undetected (which often leads into larger issues such as identity theft).
We hope that you have a safe and fun summer! Remember to stay aware of your surroundings, dress appropriately for the weather and plan ahead so that you don’t get caught in any unexpected situations.