Summer Safety Tips

School's out, pools are open and people across the country are looking for fun ways to cool down as summer temperatures heat up. As you head to the beach, to the pool, or to the mountains for a camping vacation, Hutch Ambulance Service encourages you and your family to keep safety in mind!

 

Sun Safety Tips

• Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of

the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.

• Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

• Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest

part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Take regular breaks. When engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take timeout to find a

cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing the signals of a heat-related

illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!

 

Water Safety Tips

• Learn to swim. Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.

• Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard.

• Read and obey all rules and posted signs.

• Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing an approved

personal flotation device (PFD) when around the water.

• Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun,

too much strenuous activity.

• Be knowledgeable of the water environment you are in and its potential hazards, such as deep

and shallow areas, currents, depth charges, obstructions and where the entry and exit points are

located.

• Enter headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.

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