Summer safety

Posted on Jul 09 2024 in Bartholomew County REMC
Adults watching kids swim

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, whether it’s swimming in the pool, having barbecues, or simply enjoying the warm weather. However, it’s also important to be mindful of safety, especially when it comes to water and electricity. Here are some essential tips to ensure you and your family stay safe this summer.

Water safety

  • Supervise children closely: Always keep an eye on children when they are in or near water. Accidents can happen in seconds, so constant supervision is crucial.
  • Use life jackets: Ensure that everyone, especially children and inexperienced swimmers, wears a properly fitting life jacket when boating or participating in water sports.
  • Learn CPR: Knowing how to perform CPR can save lives in emergency situations. Consider taking a CPR course through a local organization such as the Red Cross.
  • Install barriers and alarms: If you have a pool, install a fence around it and use pool alarms to alert you if someone enters the pool area unsupervised.
  • Check water quality: Regularly check and maintain the water quality in your pool to prevent the spread of waterborne illnesses. Follow recommended guidelines for chemical levels.

Electric safety

  • Keep electrical devices away from water: Never use electrical devices, such as radios, phones, or hair dryers, near water. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination that can result in serious injury or death.
  • Use GFCI outlets: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground fault. Install GFCI outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas to reduce the risk of electric shock.
  • Be cautious with extension cords: When needed, use extension cords rated for outdoor use. Avoid overloading them and ensure they are kept away from water.
  • Educate your family: Never go into an electric substation for any reason. Electric substations contain high-voltage equipment, which can kill you. Never rescue a pet or retrieve a ball or toy that goes inside. Call BCREMC instead.
  • Teach children about the dangers of electricity: Let them know the importance of staying away from electrical equipment, especially when they are wet or near water.
  • Never climb trees near power lines: Even if the power lines aren’t touching the tree, they could touch when more weight is added to the branch, or the child may be able to grab the line.

By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for you and your loved ones. Remember, a little caution goes a long way in preventing accidents and ensuring that your summer activities are fun and worry-free.

Stay safe and enjoy the season!