5 Tips for a Safe Summer

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Safe summer tips

Whether taking a road trip to the mountains or heading to the beach or the pool, read these tips to help you stay safe this summer:

1. On the road. If you’re hitting the road, make sure your car is in good working order, with safe tires and plenty of gas. Pack an emergency kit, including a flashlight, batteries, candle, jumper cables and reflective devices.

2. Sunscreen. Protect your skin to prevent sunburn and worse -- skin cancer. Generously apply a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher at least 30 minutes before going outside.

3. Safety in water. Watch young children at ALL times. Don't do anything else while you are supposed to be watching the children. Don't talk on the phone, read or mow the lawn.

4. Prevent heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water before any activity. Wear a hat and stay in the shade as much as possible.

5. Have a first-aid kit handy. The American Red Cross suggests bandages, antiseptic towels, adhesive tape, sterile pads, disposable gloves, scissors, a thermometer, analgesics and pertinent medications.