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Many people enjoy the summertime, but it can come with its own unique safety risks. Here are some useful summer safety tips to keep in mind while having fun this summer.

Be mindful of heat-related injuries.

The potential for heat-related injuries such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke increases significantly during the summer. It is important to seek immediate medical attention when experiencing the signs and symptoms of heat-related injuries. Wearing loose-fitting clothing, taking breaks and staying hydrated are a few ways to avoid heat-related injuries this summer.

Check the weather forecast.

Forewarned is forearmed. It is a good habit to check the weather forecast for the next 5-7 days ahead and then plan accordingly. When planning a trip to a body of water, such as the beach, it is helpful to check the local marine forecast for storms and other coastal threats.

In case of a flood, turn around.

Summertime often brings unexpected heavy rains and flash floods. It is easy to misjudge the depth and strength of floodwaters. Many flood victims die because they believe that they can simply drive or wade through floodwaters. Rather than taking a chance, it is best to turn around.

Practice water safety.

Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional deaths. Beachgoers should only swim at lifeguard-protected beaches. It is important to follow the directions and guidance of lifeguards because they are trained to recognize and respond to various dangers at the beach such as wildlife, rip currents, and storms. Furthermore, drowning is a leading cause of death for young children. Therefore, children should always be monitored closely while they are near the water, and it is highly recommended that they wear lifejackets.

Look before locking a vehicle

While parked in the sun, the temperature inside of a car can increase drastically in a short amount of time. Children, the elderly, and pets are especially prone to hot-car deaths. Therefore, it is important to always look before locking a vehicle, and ensure that everyone is out of the vehicle prior to walking away.

In conclusion, taking these 5 summer safety tips into consideration can help make the summertime both safe and enjoyable.