I hope you take an outdoor vacation this summer, but not a vacation from safety! All of us want to enjoy our time in the wild places, but we should be aware of the potential dangers. Here are a few summer safety tips I try to remember as I venture outside:
- Drive safely as you travel. Just getting there can be an often overlooked danger. Mixing alcohol with your driving (or boating) may prove disastrous.
- Let someone know where you will be–what lake, river or trail?
- Protect your skin from sun exposure. Skin cancer is on the rise so use a sunblock, or check out some of the latest sunblock clothing. I like the Columbia PFG clothing line with Omni-shade technology.
- Watch out for ticks. These pesky little critters are coming out in droves here in Georgia. Some, like the Deer Tick, can transmit Lyme Disease. Use insect repellent appropriately, and you can tuck your pants legs into your socks while hiking through the woods.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat illness.
- Be aware of the weather forecast or sudden changes. Seek shelter from high winds and lightning. Stay on the look out for flash flood areas.
- Never use a candle or heater in a tent.
- On the lake or down the river–wear your Personal Flotation Device and the right head gear. Never try to walk across a swiftly moving stream.
- Build campfires in the appropriate areas, and make sure they are totally extinguished before you move on.
- Protect your personal security. Most people are out there to enjoy the outdoors like you, but some may prey on the unwary.
Hope you and your family have some safe trips this summer! Feel free to comment, and tell us about your favorite safety tips or close calls.