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Tips for a safe, fun summer

With all the activities, celebrations and holidays during the summer season, it’s important to not lose sight of safety, one of Michels Core Values. We are used to hearing advice about being safe at work or at play, such as staying well hydrated, applying plenty of sunscreen and looking for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, but we must not lose sight of less obvious dangers.

  • Water – Even the most experienced swimmers can easily get in over their heads, so to speak. Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while boating or swimming in unsupervised waters.
  • Food – According to the USDA, food-borne illness peaks in the summer. Always keep food at safe temperatures, avoid cross-contamination and promptly refrigerate leftovers.
  • Fireworks – As more powerful fireworks have become readily available in recent years, be sure to stick to what is legal, avoid using them with alcohol and always keep them away from children.
  • Alcohol – According to the NHTSA, alcohol-related traffic injuries and fatalities rise in summer months. Alcohol can also quickly dehydrate the body, increasing the chances of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Drive safely, watch out for others at risk and always find a safe way home if you’ve had too much.
  • Wildlife – Animals are more active in summer months and activities like camping and hiking can bring us into close contact. Although it may be tempting, do not encroach on wild animals as they can be dangerous and unpredictable.
  • Insects – Insect stings are not only annoying, but can be deadly to those of us with certain allergies. Know if you or anyone you are with has allergies and what to do in case of a sting.

Whether you are attending a festival, cookout, pool party or camping, know your surroundings, pay attention to others and always think safety first.

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