Summer Safety Tips
Heat Related Illness
Do not leave children or pets
unattended in automobiles. Temperatures inside
automobiles can quickly exceed 130 degrees. Children
and pets can be quickly overcome in a few minutes.
Avoid heat overexposure. Summer
temperatures can cause heat stress, exhaustion, or
stroke. When exercising, be sure to maintain proper
hydration by consuming water. Avoid using
Do not sunburn. Overexposure to
the sun can lead to higher rates of skin cancers
later in life. Use sunscreens and reapply often
based upon manufacturers’ recommendations.
Swimming safety tips
Do not jump or dive into
unknown waters. Diving accidents can occur when
jumping or diving into water of unknown depth
Underwater structures may be unseen.
Swim in approved areas and
preferably in areas that offer lifeguard
Avoid swimming in stagnant or
unclean waters. In all freshwater lakes,
the possibility exists of contracting a fatal
infection of the brain from the presence of
amoebae in the water. The risk of this is
extremely rare, however, the risk increases as
water temperatures exceed 86 degrees or in water
that is stagnant. The use of nose plugs,
while offering some protection, has not been
proven scientifically to be effective in
Seek shelter during
thunderstorms. Summertime in Florida
brings afternoon thunderstorms, some of which
produce strong lightning activity. These
storms can develop and move rapidly across an
area. Do not seek shelter under trees or
other potential lightning targets.
Always wash your hands with hot,
soapy water before and after handling food and
between handling raw and cooked foods.
Keep hot foods hot and cold foods
cold. With the increasing heat of the summer months,
bacterial growth in food can be rapid. Keep all
perishable foods hotter than 140 degrees Fahrenheit
or less than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use only approved flammables to
light charcoal. The use of other materials, such as
gasoline is a severe safety hazard and should not be
Mosquito Borne Diseases
The summer months increase the
potential of infection of encephalitis from viruses
carried by mosquitoes, including Eastern Equine, St.
Louis and West Nile viruses. Ensuring the following
may reduce the risk of infection:
Avoid unprotected outdoor
activity at dusk and dawn (when mosquitoes are most
Use DEET repellants (and
permethrin sprays as directed by the manufacturer).
Dress to cover skin with long
sleeve shirts and pants if outside when mosquitoes
Drain potential mosquito breeding
sites from around your home.