Between backyard barbecues, lakeside swimming, and late night fireworks, this sunny season is full of exciting outdoor activities. With all those hours spent outside, be sure you’re staying safe and healthy throughout the summer months with these helpful tips courtesy of Bank of Blue Valley!
- Sunshine and Heat
When it comes to summer nothing says July like a warm sunny day. After an extended time in the sun, your body can be at risk for some serious health concerns. You can work to avoid issues like dehydration, heat exhaustion, and sunburns by drinking water regularly throughout the day and liberally applying sunscreen. Another way to avoid this painful issue is to steer clear of the sun between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. This is the peak of heat during the day, and while it still remains bright both before and after, these four hours may cause the most damage.
- Water and Pools
With common summer activities such as playing in sprinklers, boating, and river floating, your children could be facing more obstacles than you think. If your children have yet to learn to swim, floatation devices are a must! Investing in some local swimming lessons can not only give your child a fun weekday class, but also potentially save their life. It’s great to introduce your children to swimming and getting comfortable in the water at a young age. There are classes available for parent and child, teaching little ones as young as six months!
The fourth of July would not be complete without fireworks. Unfortunately they aren’t always used up after this festive holiday. If you’re near a group or family launching their own firework display, be sure to stay back at least 100ft. Never point a firework at someone, or allow them to point one at you. Fireworks can be dangerous and we at Bank of Blue Valley recommend watching the beautiful displays by professionals, rather than launching them yourselves.
- Lawn Mower
This weekly task is something that is best reserved for parents and children over thirteen years of age. With more than 80,000 mowing related accidents in the United States each year, it may be best to let the little ones stay inside while this outdoor chore is being completed.
Enjoy your summer adventures, and stay safe this season! You’ll always have a shady spot to stop by at Bank of Blue Valley.