The sun seems brighter. The days longer. Fruits taste sweeter. The music of ice cream trucks fills the neighborhoods. The kids are out of school. It may not say so on the calendar just yet, but it is here...
Summer has arrived.
This is the time to celebrate and enjoy. Gather up your family and friends, fire up the grill and throw a block party. These are the days we look forward to the most, the ones that we live for. We may have jobs to go to but it somehow feels like our schedules are freer. The traffic not as congested. All in all we're in a great state of mind!
One thing to always remember is Safety. Summer Safety is imperative. During these relaxing days it's easy to forget about it but don't.
Summer Safety Tips
- Food Safety – All perishable foods should be refrigerated within 2 hours. If the temperature is higher than 90 degrees, refrigerate within 1 hour. Be mindful of cross-contamination. Keep uncooked meats and contaminated utensils from touching other foods. In order to avoid food poisoning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends poultry be cooked to 165 degrees and beef to 145 degrees.
- Grill Safety – Clean grill grates of grease to prevent flare-ups. Check and clear ventilation tubes. Never use a grill in an enclosed area or near anything flammable. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Once lit, NEVER pour more lighter fluid on coals!! Do NOT let children play or run near the grill!
- Water Safety – Never swim alone. Keep a close eye on children around water. Know how to properly administer CPR. Alcohol should be avoided when swimming or boating. Drowning is a silent killer so be extremely vigilant of those around you. Many child drownings occur when parents or other adults are just a few feet away.
- Sun Safety – Sunburn and heat stroke are serious business. Stay hydrated while outdoors. If you feel faint or nauseous, get into a cool place immediately. Always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply often to prevent burns. Read and follow sunscreen directions. People are often surprised by how frequently it should be reapplied. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and a hat for added protection.
- Travel Safety - Always wear your seatbelt. NEVER text while driving. NEVER drink and drive. Keep all distractions to a minimum. Carry a map or updated GPS system when traveling an unfamiliar route. ALWAYS have your vehicle serviced prior to any road trip.
Summer is here so get out there and enjoy!!!
Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.