With the beautiful weather upon us, we are sure to see the young and young-at-heart venture outside more often. Now is the time to get outside and enjoy the wonder and beauty of nature. But whether you are taking a walk, working in your garden, or listening to the quiet sounds of sunset in your backyard, make sure you’re doing it safely.
Your own backyard can truly be a fun-filled and exciting place full of wonders. We cannot forget, however, to make sure it’s a safe place as well. When getting your yard summer-ready, remove places where rain can collect and become stagnant. The warm weather combined with a forgotten swimming pool filled with water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes which are more than just a nuisance. They are carriers for many diseases such as West Nile Virus.
Follow these tips to savor your summer safely …
- Don’t allow a child under the age of 12 operate any lawn mower or farming equipment
- Riding mowers should only be ridden by people who are 16 or older
- Do not allow small children to ride along on riding lawn mowers or farm equipment
- Before you mow, walk around the yard and pick up stones, toys, sticks and other debris to prevent the mower from kicking up flying objects
- Make sure children are kept at a safe distance from the area you are mowing or using farm machinery
- Protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes—not sandals—while mowing.
- Wear eye and hearing protection as well
- Use a mower with a control that stops movement if the handle is released
Summer Safety for All
Three little words every teacher and student loves to hear … school is out! That means we need to slow down and make sure we are providing a safe environment for children of all ages. From kids on the playground to teenagers learning to drive, we have tips to keep them safe.
Savor Summer Flavor
Savor summer fruits and vegetables! Take a family trip to your local farmer’s market and check out the fresh produce. We have quick and tasty recipes to keep your family eating healthy without spending your summer evenings stuck in the kitchen. Enjoy the flavors of the season.
Save the Skin You're In
Let’s face it, you can’t turn back the hands of time. But you can put a new battery in your watch to make it last longer. Take steps now to stop further sun damage to your skin. No matter your age, you can improve your skin and lower your risk for skin cancer by following some simple rules.