Outdoor Safety

Again, it’s that time of the year when Sunlight intensity is almost directly proportional to adrenaline levels in the body. Children are beginning to play outside more, and soon enough, adults will join in with vacation travels, picnics, family and friend reunions, swimming, pool parties, and much more. While it is good to have fun during the summer because, yes, summer only comes once a year, it is also essential to ensure outdoor safety in all of the activities carried out.

Summertime is one period of the year when dangers and injuries are most prevalent. It could be anything as insignificant as a bug bite to huge danger concerns such as drowning and getting lost. You don’t need to get paranoid or anxious about you or your family and friends falling victim to one unprecedented circumstance or the other. However, you need to keep yourself more safe and ready by taking safety precautions at all times.

Outdoor Safety Tips For Summer

An outdoor summer safety measure does not need to be as huge as moving about with a fire extinguisher. Nor does it need to become too rigid to the point where you don’t allow children to have some fun. If you are not sure of what to do to ensure safety for you and your loved ones during this summer, you can begin by making use of the outdoor safety tips included below:

Always have your Sunblock

Except you are intentionally tanning, always use sunblock or sunscreen when outdoors. Sunlight is more hostile this season, and getting too exposed can damage your skin and put you at risk of skin cancer.

This summer, you can be more intentional about protecting your skin by not only using a sunblock but ensuring you are sitting in shaded places, wearing a hat, and using sunglasses.

Keep Your Distance

While we are still in the era of the post COVID-19 pandemic, you should maintain a healthy distance from unknown persons as much as possible. This is particularly important if you’ve not been vaccinated, as CDC has given a recent update allowing vaccinated persons to move about without masks.

Although you may not be susceptible to COVID-19 infection anymore once vaccinated, you should take note that you may be able to transfer the virus to others who are not protected through physical touch and undue closeness. Therefore, it is still crucial that you maintain the basic rules of social distancing, washing your hands, and using a sanitizer while outdoors.

Be Safe in and Around Water

Nothing feels good like splashing and sloshing in water during summer, but not taking necessary precautions can result in undesirable occurrences.

Cases of drowning are recorded in summertime more than any other period of the year, and a more significant percentage of victims are children. Teenagers are also more susceptible to spinal cord injuries while attempting to dive from ridiculous heights. Ensure you and your kids stay safe during this period by monitoring their activities and providing them with safety swimming kits such as life jackets and floaters.

To deal with cases of emergency, you may need to learn how to administer CPR. But, most importantly, if you are not sure of your swimming skills or that of your children, do not go near the water or take the kids there.

Stay Hydrated

During summer, your body perspires and loses moisture faster. Therefore, you will need to replace lost moisture and maintain healthy water levels periodically. You do not have to feel thirsty before you take water. If possible, always go about with a water bottle during all of your outdoor activities.

Avoid Food Poisoning

One more thing about summertime is that eating junk and outdoor grilled food increases drastically. If you are setting up a barbecue stand or something of the sort for yourself, ensure your meat or fish is appropriately washed and patiently cooked over the fire. This will reduce the risk of getting infected with parasitic worms.

As you binge on your favorite junk this period, ensure they are safe to eat and not expired. If you are taking sealed, canned, or bottled products, check to see if the package has not been tampered with before ingesting the contents.

Outdoor Safety Items you need to have with you this Summer

Tips For Summer

You packed clothes and toiletries, you’ve had a picnic basket ready, you’ve ordered hiking shoes, and you’ve taken your favorite swimsuit. But what about some safety items?

As you prepare for those exciting activities this period, your outdoor summer safety items should include but may not be exclusive or limited to:

  • A mini first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Talcum powder
  • Life jacket
  • Swimming goggles and earmuffs
  • Inhaler
  • Flashlight
  • Antivenom
  • Mosquito or insect nets
  • Nose masks
  • Compass

Of course, the safety items you will need to have with you during any outdoor summer activity will depend on the nature of the activity. For example, you do not need a life jacket while going on a hike, but you should consider bringing along your sunscreen, shades, and hats. 

An outdoor picnic may not require a whole first aid kit. Still, you can consider taking along a topical application cream for bug bites or an analgesic should anyone develop a sudden headache. Likewise, if you are camping overnight and making a fire, a mini fire extinguisher should not be considered too much of a burden to bring along with you.

What is an Outdoor Safety Checklist?

A simple way to create a safe environment for all your activities this summer is to have an outdoor safety checklist. An outdoor safety checklist is simply a list of questions against a tick box that allows you to evaluate your environment, the outdoor activity you want to carry out, and the persons involved.

Your checklist will have to be customized based on the situations that surround your outing this summer. For example, your outdoor safety checklist should be created based on children’s presence or absence, nature of the outdoor activity, health status of people involved, number of hours or days out, etc.

Using these conditions, you create a list of evaluative questions such as:

  • How safe is the chosen environment?
  • Is the location the best for this activity?
  • Is the activity safe enough for children?
  • Do we have everything needed throughout our stay here?

Your safety checklist can be as comprehensive as possible, but it should answer fundamental questions that will ensure your safety. Then, when you are sure you’ve satisfied the criteria for a particular question, you can go ahead to tick it off and move to the next.

Conclusion

The average American loves summertime best! This article is all about enlightening you on how to make the best of this summer without exposing yourself to too many dangers. We believe you will find the outdoor safety tips for summer handy and that you will create an outdoor safety checklist this summer, even if you’ve never made one before.

As you breeze through this year’s summer, remember that accidents are sometimes inevitable, but most of them are. By taking the proper steps, you may not only present an accident but be able to put any that still stubbornly pops up in check as early as possible. Also, keep in mind that when out, you still have to stay safe from the coronavirus by adhering to local and national safety guidelines. If you fear that you risk infection, talking to professionals at Medicwell can be the help you need.


Jennifer Billings is the Medical Editor at National Coronavirus Hotline(NCH). She is an Integrated medical doctor who has been published on NCH Blog, Medium.com and is a regular contributor at MedCity News, Physician Family, and Psychology Today.