2016 Summer Safety Survival Guide
Summer has some Pitfalls to avoid: Wildfire, High Temperatures, Hot Cars, and Drowning
Many Californians and residents of the Pacific Southwest look forward to Summer all year, what with the long days, calmer schedules with school out plus endless Sunshine.
But all trips to the beach, mountains, hiking and swimming come with pitfalls and dangers that to be avoided.
Below are some safety tips to help assure that you have a happy memorable time this Summer, and one not ending in grief and tears, as follows: .
Wildfires: This year is predicted to be one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. There is plenty of fuel from Winter rains, plus bark beetles have killed millions of trees with millions more dying. Those trees light up like fireworks in a wildfire.
Safety Tips: Your best chance of saving your home from wildfire is to take precautions now. These tips are from the National Fire Protection Association
- CLEAR leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
- REMOVE dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 ft of the house.
- SCREEN in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
- REMOVE flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 30 ft of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, do not let it touch your house, deck or porch.
- PRUNE trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 ft from the ground.
- KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire. Do not let debris and lawn cuttings linger.
- DISPOSE of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
- INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair the shingles that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
- COVER exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 in to prevent sparks from entering the home.
- ENCLOSE eaves and screen soffit vents using 1/8 in mesh metal screening to prevent ember entry.
Whether you are outdoors working or playing, or running errands in your car, it is imperative to take precautions to prevent heat stroke or worse.
Heat Safety tips, as follows:
- Take extra precautions if you are working or spending time outside.
- Only conduct strenuous activity in the early morning or late evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing.
- Drink lots of water.
Vehicle Safety tips, as follows:
- Remember to always “look before you lock” and do not leave your children or pets inside your vehicle.
- If you see a child or pet left alone in a car in the heat, you should call 911 immediately.
- If you need to break a window to save a person, you will not be held liable in California.
- Note: A bill that would extend the same protection to breaking a window to save a pet is on the Governor’s desk.
Most people, from toddlers to senior citizens, love a dip in cool water on a hot day.
Whether in a swimming pool, the ocean, a lake or stream, water on a hot Summer day is inviting, but it can also be deadly.
Safety tips from the American Red Cross, as follows:
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy, do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear US Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Maintain constant supervision.
- Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
- If you have a swimming pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than 5 mins and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
- Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
- If a child is missing, check the water 1st. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
- Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a 1st Aid Kit.
- Know how and when to call 911 or the local emergency number.
- Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety,first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
- Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct Sunlight you receive between 10:00a and 4:00p and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
- Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Summer is here, take good care and have a happy, memorable time.