Staying Safe at Home in the Summertime

Summer’s call sounds like barbeques, pool parties, and more time outside. All across the country, in cities and suburbs, in big towns and small, summer has arrived. You remember to apply sunscreen and bug spray, you buckle your seatbelt for road trips, and you wear a life jacket on the boat. But what about your Fort Collins CO home safety?
WebMD reports that about a third of all common accidents, such as falls, choking, and burns, happen in our homes. We all want to believe our homes are places of safety and protection, which makes it even more important to put certain precautions into place.
There are some easy ways to keep you, your friends, and your family safe during this season of fun.
Be Water Aware

·       If you have a pool at home, keep a protective cover on it and a fence or gate around the perimeter. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in kids between one and fourteen years of age across the country.
·       Install a door or gate alarm at the entrance to your pool.
·       Make sure family members are trained in CPR and first aid.

Beat the Heat
·       Drink plenty of water, and drink it all day. Dehydration can occur quickly, especially in children.
·       Never leave children or pets in a closed vehicle alone, even if it is for a short time.
·       Check on neighbors who are elderly or ill.
·       If you have to be outside, choose early morning or late evening hours.

Barbeque Basics
·       Carefully read the instructions related to your grill. Understand how to operate it properly and how to clean all components.
·       Keep your grill away from deck railings.
·       Make sure a fire extinguisher is nearby in case of accidents.
·        Cook food to the proper temperature. For picnics and other get-togethers, cold food should stay on ice and hot food should be kept warm.

Playground Protection
·       Home play areas should be inspected for loose parts and broken pieces.
·       Children can easily be burned on a hot slide—check for coolness before playing.
·       Trampolines can be a good source of exercise, but kids should be supervised by an adult while jumping.

Staying Safe in Your Yard
·       Perform a once-over in your yard before mowing, in case of wayward toys or rocks.
·       Keep kids away from yard equipment that could cause injury, and always closely supervise when young yard workers handle
lawn tools.
·       Repair any cracks and buckles in your driveway and walkways in order to avoid accidents.

Choose Smart This Summer
There are so many opportunities for fun and relaxation during the summer months. Whether you spend much of your time in the water, out in the yard, or cooking at the grill, everyone can practice smart safety at home. As you make plans to spend time with friends and family, a little smart thinking and some protective measures will go a long way in making sure the people you care about are covered.