Summer is a great season to have some fun outdoors. It's warm and there's more than enough sunshine to go around. Whether you're hiking, camping, heading to the beach, or just barbecuing in the backyard, you need to remain aware of your safety.
Here are 5 outdoor safety tips that will keep your outdoor fun from becoming an outdoor disaster:
1. Wear Sunscreen
We'll start with the obvious: always wear sunscreen. Even if you're someone who doesn't burn easily you should put on sunscreen before you venture outdoors for an extended period. The sun penetrates your skin and damages the very DNA of your skin cells, leading to a heightened rate of skin cancer. This is true of everyone whether they're light skinned or dark skinned. Also, make sure you use a broad spectrum sunscreen—one that filters both UVB and UVA rays.
2. Avoid Scented Products
This is one you don't hear as often. If you're going to be outdoors, avoid using scented products like perfumes or hairspray. Why? Because many insects, including mosquitoes, love them. Infections spread by mosquitoes are even more of a concern these days so be sure to avoid the scented products, wear bug spray, and stay away from standing water, a place where mosquitoes like to congregate.
3. Stay Hydrated
To avoid heat stroke and other heat related illnesses, make sure you keep yourself hydrated. A good rule of thumb is that you should take a drink of water at least every 20 minutes. Planning on being outside for more than an hour? Pack some sports drinks along with the water so you can replenish electrolytes. Remember, everyone is vulnerable to heat related illnesses on these hot summer days. It doesn't matter how good of shape you're in.
4. Practice Pool Safety
The hotter the day, the more alluring a nice dip in the pool is. Sure it's fun, but practicing proper pool safety should be your number one concern. This is especially true if you have young children, as they are most at risk for drowning. If you have a pool in your backyard make sure you cover it when it isn't being used to prevent anyone from accidentally wandering in. If you're planning on taking the kids to a public pool make sure you go when a lifeguard is on duty, and preferably when it isn't too crowded. Overcrowded pools make it easy for a child in danger to get lost amid the commotion.
5. Secure Your Backyard With Smart Home Technology
Yes, you can make use of smart home technology in your yard as well. You can install sensors on gates to keep track of who is coming and who is going. Install a security camera to keep an eye on the dog while you're out. Set automatic lighting to turn on when someone opens the gate. Really there are a countless ways that you can integrate smart home technology into every aspect of your home, whether it's inside or outside.
At J&J security we bring together the latest technology and the brightest minds in home security to make your home a safe and comfortable place. Please contact us today to read more home safety tips and to check out some of our smart home technology.