We like to start out every summer with some summer safety tips, but given recent events and weather conditions, we thought everyone needed a reminder.
So let's start with boating safety.
First of all, do not, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT consumer large amounts of alcohol and try to operate a water craft. Oh, there aren't any lines on the water so there's no way the police can see if I'm swerving, some people might say.
Well, you can drown. Is that reason enough?
Another tip is driving in general. And more specifically, driving and texting.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you have a close call with someone that the person is quite often either texting or talking on a cell phone? Well, that's probably no coincidence. Studies are showing that distracted driving can be at least as dangerous as drunk driving. And when people are drinking and texting while they're driving, that's a recipe for a disaster. The best advice regarding either drinking or texting and driving is DON'T.
It's also that time of year when people are hitting the beach, trying to get that summer tan. Well, it's better to not make it a burn.
With greater awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers, it should be common knowledge - and common sense - to wear sunscreen when outdoors. And if you're in the water, be extra careful of how long you're out there, regardless of whether you have sunscreen on.
Another thing to protect ourselves from is insect bites, particularly since a case of West Nile was recently reported in Clay County. If you're going to be outside, even for a short time, apply a good insect repellant with DEET.
Dehydration can be a problem during the summer, too, particularly if you're working in the hot sun. Always make sure you drink plenty of water before hard work or exercise. One way to tell if you're getting hydrated is to pinch the fleshy part of the top of your hand. If your skin doesn't go back in place right away, there's not enough moisture in your system.
Using a little common sense can help prevent accidents, injuries or worse this summer.
So be safe - not sorry.