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Summertime Safety Tips

You Can Have Fun and Be Safe at the Same Time

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Updated January 21, 2014

Kids at beach
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Summertime is a great time to be outside. It's sunny and hot, and the kids are out of school. Whether you choose to stay in the backyard or take the boat out for a ski trip, staying healthy is easy. Take some precautions to make sure your summer is as safe as it is fun.

Learn about the safety of summer before you need it.

Heat

Whether it's the weather, the grill or Fourth of July fireworks, heat is the word of the season. Too much of it, especially in humid conditions, sucks the water right out of your system. To know if you're drinking enough fluids, look for these dehydration symptoms.

If you don't watch your temperature, you run the risk of heat illness. Heat exhaustion comes from a combination of dehydration with an elevated core body temperature. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition.

Sunburns and thermal burns come from different places, but the treatment is usually very similar. Here is a quiz on burns to help you test your knowledge.

To avoid burns from Independence Day celebrations, follow these fireworks safety tips.

Critters

Warm, sunny weather not only brings you outside, it's a call of the wild for all sorts of creatures, too. Spider bites are more common during warm weather, as are dog bites. Snakes, ticks and other bugs are also a bit more feisty in the summer months.

Activity

Besides the heat and the wildlife, just being outside and being active can lead to injuries. By all means, get out and get moving, but be ready to handle broken bones and bleeding.

Swimming is one of my family's favorites. We spend hours in the pool and at the beach, but safety is always a huge part of our summer fun. It's possible to be safe and have a great time, too.

No matter what your favorite summer pastime is, make sure you are prepared to handle whatever unexpected things come your way.

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