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We all enjoy taking part in fun activities and outings over the relaxed days of summer. Bear in mind these tips to do so safely.
Shelter From the Sun
Long sunny days spent outdoors leave us susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, especially when the mercury surges into triple digits. To prevent these serious conditions, limit sun exposure on hot days.
If it’s unavoidable, observe the following practices:
Fend Off Itchy—and Hazardous—Bites
Justifiably considered the bane of summer by many, mosquito bites are more than just a slightly painful nuisance. They also can transmit serious illnesses, including West Nile and Zika viruses. Reduce your risk by taking the following preventive measures:
Appreciate Fireworks’ Beauty and Risk
Just as electricity must be treated and handled with respect, it’s important to approach fireworks with care. It can be easy to focus on their dazzling displays at the expense of remembering that fireworks present significant risks.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2016, at least four people died and 11,100 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. And on a typical Fourth of July, fireworks cause 40 percent of all reported fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Consider avoiding consumer fireworks and instead enjoy a spectacular public display conducted by professionals. We want your Independence Day celebrations to be fun, memorable and safe.
If fireworks are legal in your area and you choose to use them, please be mindful of the following tips for safe handling:
Your electric cooperative wishes you a summer filled with fun and the makings of many happy memories. Wherever this season’s adventures take you, keep these practices in mind to stay safe.