Red Cross shares 15 summer safety tips

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Home & Garden

Published on June 16, 2021 with No Comments

With the kids out of school and longer days full of sunshine just ahead, the outdoor fun is about to begin. Whether you spend these hot days outside having picnics or enjoying that dip in the ocean or pool, it is important to stay safe. The American Red Cross offers these 15 safety tips to make sure your summer fun stays safe, fun and stress-free.


1. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

2. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors – they absorb the sun’s rays.

3. Slow down, stay indoors. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

4. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

5. Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.


1. Do your part, be water smart. Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.

2. Actively supervise children by staying within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers.

3. Don’t fool with a pool: fence it in. Enclose your pool and spa with four-sided, four-foot fencing and use self-closing, self-latching gates.

4. Don’t just pack it; wear your U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket – always when on a boat and if in a situation beyond your skill level. Inflatable children’s toys and water wings can be fun, but they are no substitute for a life jacket and close adult supervision.

5. Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair – everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards.


1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

2. Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.

3. Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.

4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

5. Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.


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