Summer Safety

Summer is a great time for your family to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities. However, the intense summer weather can pose serious dangers. Be aware of potential summer safety issues like foodborne and heat-related illnesses during our hot Texas summers. For a fun, healthy summer, be cautious at the pool, on picnics, or when enjoying other outdoor activities to avoid dangererous situtations.

The best ways for both children and adults to stay summer safe and healthy are to

  • supervise children near pools, hot tubs, or other nearby bodies of water, no matter how shallow;
  • remind kids not to swim or play near pool drains where hair or bodies can get trapped;
  • ensure everyone in the family learns to swim through age-appropriate classes;
  • wash your hands, utensils, and cutting boards in hot soapy water before preparing food and after handling raw meat or poultry;
  • cook your meat thoroughly, to at least 160 degrees, and use a plastic cutting board instead of wood;
  • promptly refrigerate food after meals;
  • wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, wear lightweight clothing, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid strenuous exercise during peak hours; and
  • never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle.

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Last updated July 14, 2017