How to Have a Safe Summer Vacation

It is finally summer! You are finished with school or work, and now you have three months to spend time with your family and other loved ones. One of the best things about summer is that there are usually plenty of activities and adventures to have that have to wait for this very special time of year. In my opinion, summer is the best time of the year, but it is also a time to be wary of a few unseen dangers that are slightly unique to the season. Here are several suggestions for keeping safe over the summer holiday.


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    Always have a first aid kit handy for small emergencies. It is a good idea to keep a kit in each car that you drive, and of course on for the home, possibly even one on each level of the house! Make sure that you have bandages, gauze tape, hydrogen peroxide or iodine, burn cream or spray, calamine lotion, and tweezers in your kit. This should come in handy for any minor scrapes, burns, rashes or splinters that could happen at any time!
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    Be wary of the sun! The sun is stronger than ever, and every day that you are outside should be a day that you apply sun block. The minimum protection level should be 15 SPF, and better yet use 50 SPF if you are at the pool or beach. Try to limit your time in the sun, too. If you are at a picnic or a pool party, try to get into the shade for some of the time and drink lots of water or lemonade.
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    Drink lots of water. This is very important. Hot weather will cause dehydration, and that is a trip to the emergency room if it gets out of hand. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Water is always a better choice than sugary drinks that have a lot of sodium and calories
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    Limit your summer activities to the ones that are less dangerous. Just because it is summer does not mean that you should try skydiving or cliff jumping. If you are not already involved in these types of activities, it's recommended to trying them. Stick to what you know, and you have a better chance of not getting hurt this summer.
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    If you travel, research your destination thoroughly before you go. If you are familiar with a place and have done research, you have a better chance of not ending up in the wrong part of a town that you don't know.
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    Be wary of crowded places like amusement parks and large gatherings like concerts and fireworks. Keep your children and belongings close at hand to avoid any unpleasant endings to an otherwise fun occasion. Always have a safe place to meet if you get separated from your group.
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    If you go on vacation, make sure to leave your phone numbers with a neighbor who will be keeping an eye on your house, and get their numbers, too. The neighbor does not need to go in your house unless they are watching an animal or bringing in your mail. Call and check up during the vacation if you feel the need.

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