We’re all getting used to a new normal with public health and safety on everyone’s minds. In some respects, we must be even more vigilant about safety these days. As businesses re-open and schools are dismissing, we wanted to share a few tips to help you enjoy summer safely.

Families are spending more time at home, in their gardens and yards, or in local parks for recreation – all places where ticks and other insects hide. Here’s how you can prevent tick bites or stings:

  • Use insect repellents containing DEET on your skin
  • Tape your pant legs and shirt sleeves
  • Wear light colors so you can easily spot ticks on your clothing
  • As soon as you return indoors, check your clothing and skin for ticks

As many of us continue to work from home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we’re using non-traditional spaces as offices. This lends itself to electrical hazards. Use these electrical safety tips to keep your home office safe:

  • Inspect extension cords and chargers for frayed wires
  • Avoid overloading outlets
  • Do not run cords under carpets or rugs
  • Make sure your cords are not tripping hazards for children or pets

Pools and lakes are very popular this time of year, but they can also be very dangerous. Follow these tips to stay safe when swimming:

  • Never swim alone and don’t allow children to swim without supervision
  • Always wear a lifejacket when you’re on a boat
  • Watch for undertows in rivers and lakes – don’t underestimate the power of water
  • Keep a first aid kit nearby

Lastly, as we bring in summer – the heat is sure to follow. Here’s some advice for keeping cool:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn
  • Take time to rest and cool down indoors
  • Use air conditioning if possible

For more summer safety, check out these tips from the National Safety Council.