Summer is a time for barbecues, adventure and fun. The weather warms up, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor activities you missed during the cold, winter months.
However, nothing can ruin your summer like recovering from a personal injury you received during your recreation activities. Therefore, these are a few safety tips.
Take a friend along
You should not hike, bike, camp or even take long walks alone. If an emergency or accidental injury occurs, you need someone with you who can immediately call for help. This individual can also encourage you to take breaks or recognize signs of dehydration, exhaustion or other factors that can put you in danger.
Maintain your equipment
If you bike, kayak, climb rocks or enjoy other sports that require equipment, conduct regular maintenance and safety checks before each outing.
Learn basic first aid
You should know the signs of heat stroke, exhaustion and dehydration. Learn how to treat minor cuts, burns and scrapes. Get your CPR certification, and seek instruction on what to do if you are bit by a snake.
Pack safety gear
Some activities require helmets, pads and other safety gear. Make sure that you pack gear that is in good condition and fits properly.
Maintain your fitness throughout the year
One of the best things you can do to prevent injury is to maintain your physical fitness throughout the year. You may not enjoy going to the gym or exercising inside your home, but regular exercise helps you prevent injury.
As you prepare for your summer activities, keep a close watch on the weather. Natural disasters, such as flooding, fires and storms are dangerous. To prevent unnecessary injuries, pay close attention to the weather and any dangers in the areas you will be visiting.