Stay safe this season.

We know — you’re just happy the hot weather is finally upon us (we are, too!). But nevertheless, there are a few simple rules to follow to help you stay safe this season.
Here’s a refresher course.



The Red Cross recommends swimmers have basic water skills before planning a dip in a pool, lake or other body of water. Be sure you (and little ones) can enter and exit the water safely, stay afloat, change positions and swim a reasonable distance. Inexperienced swimmers and all boaters should wear life jackets, and here’s a good idea: If you’re hanging around the pool or lake with a group, designate one person to supervise activity. (We use designated drivers, so why not swim supervisors?)



Ah, good old SPF. That’s right — slather on that sunscreen. You’ll want to apply it to unprotected skin before heading out (don’t forget your face!). The general consensus is you should reapply your SPF of at least 30 (though we love a good 60-plus) every two hours, or when you come out of the water if you’re swimming. Oh, and while you’re at it, wear a hat. (One with a wide brim offers ample protection.)



Baby, it’s hot outside, but there are ways to avoid overheating. Wear lightweight fabrics whenever possible (like linen and cotton). Try to be outside earlier or later in the day, and head for an air-conditioned spot during the hottest times of the day. Eat smaller meals, embrace the shady side of the street if you’re out for a stroll and don’t overdo it on caffeine and alcohol.



You’ve heard it before but we’re telling you again: Dehydrated isn’t how you want to find yourself this season. Your body needs fluids, especially when the mercury rises and when you’re active. Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid (think sweat and urine) than you take in. You’ll experience thirst, dry lips and mouth, headache, dizziness, low blood pressure and flushed skin when you’re dehydrated. Don’t leave home without grabbing a reusable bottle filled with whatever non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluid tickles your fancy. Water is always a good choice, of course.



If you’re not a year-round grill master, it’s time to break out the barbecue. Just a few friendly reminders: Keep kids and pets away from the grill, always keep an eye on the barbecue when it’s in use, use long-handled tools when cooking and yes, it goes without saying but bears repeating — do not grill in enclosed areas (in campers, tents or homes, for example).

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