Make sure you are taking the appropriate precautions during your favorite seasonal activities with our Ultimate Summer Safety Guide.

Summer should be a time of lighthearted amusement, and not unnecessary trips to the doctor. Learn key safety tips to prevent injuries while grilling, swimming and enjoying fireworks.

Safe Grilling and BBQs

Each year, thousands of people seek medical care for injuries involving backyard grills. It’s critical to use products correctly and follow these key safety tips.

  • Never use a grill indoors.
  • Place your grill away from the home, deck railings and out from under overhanging branches and/or decorations.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Clean your grill regularly. Fat and grease buildup add fuel to the fire and can cause flare ups.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Swim Smart

Ready to hit the pool? You’ll want to memorize these water safety tips beforehand. According to the CDC, about ten people die from unintentional drowning every day. Water-related injuries and deaths are highly preventable. Make sure to follow these basic rules for safe swimming and water fun:

  • Make sure your children and family members are strong swimmers. Enroll in age-appropriate swimming lessons.
  • Swim in designated areas with a lifeguard present.
  • Don’t let anyone swim alone. Use the buddy system.
  • Always supervise children near water. Accidents happen quickly so active supervision is key. Avoid distractions and maintain awareness.
  • Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear a life jacket.
  • Avoid alcohol use.

Learn more about water safety from the Red Cross.

Fireworks Safety

The best way to prevent fireworks injuries is to leave them to the professionals. However, if they are legal where you live and you choose to use them, the National Safety Council provides helpful safety guidelines:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire