Splashing into Summer Safely

Health and wellness July 6, 2017 By Kanisha Caesar

Long days, lazy nights, and free time. Summer can be the best time of the year. Help keep the fun going all summer by playing it safe with these tips.

Savvy Swimming

  • Think before you dive. Of all the ways to take a plunge, diving is likely the most dangerous. Never dive into unclear water and it’s a good rule to never dive into the lake or ocean where depths are unpredictable and tree trunks can hide. Even swimming pools with diving boards have caused injuries including paralysis. Why risk it? Make a big splash with a cannonball instead.
  • Avoid chlorine. The chemical is important for keeping pools clean and clear, but it can also be toxic. Keep all pool chemicals out of reach from children and pets and use caution yourself if you are treating a pool. Warn children against drinking swimming pool water.
  • Never swim in marinas or off a boat dock. Electric Shock Drowning is a frightening event where a swimmer comes into contact with an AC electric current, becomes paralyzed, and drowns. This can occur in any marina or boat dock where boats are connected to electricity.

Food on the Go

  • Safely pack meat on the go. For camping and summer picnics, some of the best summer meals are cooked over the grill. Keep meat as cold as possible (40 degrees or colder) before it goes on the grill.
  • Separate meats. Double bag or store meat in a separate cooler to prevent the juices from contaminating other food or ice.
  • Keep coolers cold. A full cooler stays colder than a half-full cooler. Be sure and limit how often you open the lid. Keep the cooler in the shade or in the a/c. See more cooler tips.

Road-trip Rules

  • Call for roadside assistance in Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety offers a stranded motorist hotline for non-emergencies, such as car problems or reporting danger such as a suspicious driver or hazardous road condition. Save the number for future use: (800) 525-5555. Still use 911 for emergencies.
  • Check your tire pressure. The morning before driving is the best time to check your tire pressure for safety on the road.
  • Have a map other than your phone. While on the water or on the road, always know where you are and where you’re going by having a map in hand in case your phone fails.
  • Equip your car with a first aid kit. Be prepared for aches, pains and emergencies. Carry extra water in case you are stranded in the heat.

Click here to see more Summer safety tips so you, your family, and friends can stay safe this Summer!

By Kanisha Caesar

Wellness Director, First United Bank