Tips and Tricks for You and Your Family

July 14, 2021

Stay Cool On the Go

To avoid problems like dehydration, sunburns and heat-related illness during your outdoor summer activities, here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package. Sunburn is one of the first signs of heat-related illness.
  • Pace activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.

For more tips and information on the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, visit

How Safe Is Your Grill?

man cooking on grillOutdoor grilling is a popular summer pastime. Here are some general safety pointers from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

If you or someone you’re with has experienced a serious burn, call 9-1-1 or get to the nearest emergency room right away.

Stay Pool-Smart This Summer

Drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning, according to the CDC.

Here are some pool and hot tub safety tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Keep children under active supervision.
  • Secure your pool or hot tub with appropriate barriers.
  • Remove any structures that provide unsupervised access.
  • Establish and enforce rules.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to swim well.
  • Know how to respond in an emergency.

For more information on pool safety, including swimming, first aid and CPR classes, visit your local Red Cross or go to