101 Critical Days of Summer

Summer is almost upon us and it is, once again, time for the Wachs Summer time safety reminder.

The 101 critical days of summer begin on Memorial Day weekend and end after Labor Day. This is, of course, the largest vacation period of the year. The sun is shining and people are out swimming, boating, visiting family and friends far away, playing and having a good time. It’s also a time of celebration, recreation, staying awake long hours and driving more miles than your body has the energy for. With all those fun summer activities, the following safety tips are offered to make your vacation journey a safe and happy one.

  • Place children in proper vehicle seats: Buckle up at every age, in every seat, and on every trip. Reduce serious and fatal injuries by more than half by buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

  • Wear your seat belt: Using a seat belt is the most effective way to reduce injuries and save lives in a crash.

  • Heat and Dehydration: Increased activity coupled with the heat and humidity of the summer months keeping cool and hydrated should be a top priority. Make plans for shade for your outdoor activities and have plenty of appropriate fluids close by and consume often.

  • Sunscreen: During the summer, when the UV index is the strongest, it’s important to wear sunscreen most of the time, and especially between 11am and 2pm to avoid potential life-long damage from the sun.

  • Grilling out: Summer isn't summer without a grill. Always ensure that whenever you light the grill, gas or charcoal, that it is in a well ventilated area and keep watch for any possible issues with smoke or fire.

  • Wear an appropriate helmet: A helmet can help protect you, and your children, from a serious brain or head injury. However, even with a helmet, it is still important to avoid hits to the head.

  • Wear a life jacket: Anytime you engage in a water activity, such as kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding, be sure to wear a life jacket. It’s easy to forget how tired you can get while having fun on the water, which can make it harder to swim to safety if you capsize or become injured.

  • Learn how to swim: Even if you never plan on taking a dip in the pool, it’s important to know how to swim in case of emergencies.

  • Walk on the sidewalk: It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk or path. If neither is available, walk on the shoulder and face oncoming traffic.

Enjoy your vacation time and bring everyone home rested, safe and happy.  Fopr additional information on eye safety and slips, trips & falls, please see this edition of Wachs Weekly!