Memorial Day weekend starts the “101 Critical Days of Summer” and goes through the Labor Day holiday.
Summer is when we get excited about doing our favorite outdoor activities such as boating, biking, cookouts and vacations, just to name a few. Unfortunately, summer is also a critical time for injuries. Did you know more injuries occur during this time than any other time of the year?
Your Safety Office would like to offer some tips to help you “Bee Safe” during the 101 Critical Days of Summer”.
- Road Trips – Before heading out on a long road trip have your vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic to ensure it’s in safe working condition. Have your travel route planned and always buckle up. Do not operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Also, be aware of distractions while driving and W8 2 Txt so everyone makes it to their destination safely.
- Heat Injuries — Watch for signs of heat stress/stroke. Take frequent breaks in the shade and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Wear loose fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses to prevent UV over exposure and don’t forget the sunscreen.
- Outdoor Activities – Stretching before participating in sports can help prevent injuries and wear the required protective gear when participating in outdoor sport activities. When doing yard work wear the required PPE and if using gasoline only store it in an approved container. Let the mower engine cool before filling with gasoline. Gas spilled on a hot engine can cause a flash fire.
- Outdoor Cooking – when using a gas grill make sure the propane tank doesn’t have any leaks. If one is detected, immediately turn the gas off and get the tank repaired or replaced. If cooking with charcoal never start a fire with gasoline. Never use an outdoor grill in your trailer, tent, house, garage, or any enclosed area because carbon monoxide may accumulate and kill you. It also can be a fire hazard.
- Swimming – Never swim alone and watch for warning signs, i.e. strong underwater currents. Never dive into shallow water, know the depth of the water and what is below before taking the plunge.
- Boating –Everyone on board needs to wear a life jacket and never operate a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol. Always ensure someone on land knows where you plan to go and return in case you have an emergency while out on the water.
Keep in mind that none of these tips will do you any good if you don’t make safety your top priority in each and every 101 summer days.