Summer is here, and that means more outdoor time, fun in the sun and, unfortunately, an increased potential for accidents and mishaps. Not only can extreme heat be life threatening, but some of the activities we like to do in the summer months bring a heightened risk of injury. Here are just a few safety tips to keep you, your family and your property safe in the coming months.
Summer heat can drain the body’s energy quickly, and the effects can hit you unexpectedly. In fact, dehydration and heat stroke can be life-threatening if left untreated. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated.
Sun damage is not only bad for your skin in the long-term, but a severe sunburn can also be quite dangerous and require a trip the hospital. No matter how long you plan on being outside, even if you’ll be in the shade, wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Consider also wearing a hat and sunglasses to protect your head and eyes.
Extreme heat can bring fire hazards to your home. Fire departments report that they are responding to more than 8,000 home fires each year that involve barbecue grills. To reduce the chance of a fire, keep grills at least 10 feet away from your home, place them on top of a non-flammable pad and never leave a lit grill unattended.
Lawn Care Safety
As you work on your lawn this summer, protect yourself from injury and heat-related illnesses. Work outside during the coolest parts of the day and always wear protective clothing and footwear. Finally, follow instructions for operating landscaping equipment and keep children and pets out of the area while you work.
As your lawn care and gardening activities pick up, you’ll want to be sure that you have the best landscaping equipment on hand to do the job right. Contact Ralph Helm, Inc. to find out how we can help.