Hydration and Sun Protection
- Stay hydrated with water instead of sugary drinks like soda and juice.
- If you plan on drinking alcohol, drink in moderation and drink one glass of water in between alcoholic drinks.
- Do not drink and drive. If you plan on drinking alcohol at a neighborhood party, have someone be the designated driver so you can return home safely.
- Apply sunscreen before you head outside and reapply throughout the day.
- Check weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.
- Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area supervised by a lifeguard.
- Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.
- Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Make sure you boat is in good mechanical condition and carries all safety equipment (personal flotation devices, emergency kit, and a first aid kit).
- Keep away from restricted areas (both for swimming and boating).
- Before heading out on the boat, tell someone on land where you are heading and what time you expect to return.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.
- Use long-handled utensils.
- Wash your hands before and after you touch raw meat.
- Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.
- Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
- Never leave food that requires refrigeration (such as potato salad, coleslaw or chicken salad) out in the sun.
- Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk.
- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.
- Buckle up and obey traffic signs.
- Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.