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Summer is the season for relaxing, having fun and spending time with your family and friends, but it's also a time to remember simple precautions to keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays
  • Follow food safety precautions when grilling or preparing foods outside
  • Use proper protective gear for outdoor activities like biking, watersports and more
  • Drink responsibly and stay hydrated

Key Messages

Expand the topics below to see key messages for each: 


Food Handling and Grilling Safety:


Heat Injuries:

Bug Safety:

Boat Safety:



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Suggested Social Media Message: “#Summer is upon us! With so many sun-filled fun activities to look forward to, don’t let #safety take a backseat! #SummerFunSummerSafe #SummerIsHereBeSafe #101DaysOfSummerSafetyFun” 

Summer Safety - driving

Suggested Social Media Message: “We’ve all got places to be this #summer, but let’s get there safely. Don’t rush! Give yourself time to get where you’re going, don’t tailgate, change lanes safely and don’t overuse your horn. #DriveSafeDon’tTailgate#HaveFunButDriveSafe #DriveSafeOutThere!"

Summer Safety - food

Suggested Social Media Message: "Make sure meat and poultry cooked on a grill browns very quickly but may not be cooked inside. Always use a food thermometer to be sure the food has reached a safe internal temperature.
Grill Safely - Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. 
#LetsGrillSafely;#BBQTime; #GrillWellDon’tGetSick#Don’tGetSick;#GrillLife;"

summer safety - fireworks

Suggested Social Media Message: "Do not point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they are being lit. Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant. Do not attempt to light multiple devices at the same time, and never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
#Don’tGeBurned; #TheyDon’tCallFireworksForNothing; #SparkleSafely"

Summer Safety - heat

Suggested Social Media Message: "Prevent heat injuries by keeping hydrated with water or a sports drink before exercising. Avoid outside activities during the hottest part of the day. Wear light, loose fitting clothing when exercising outside. Don’t forget to use sunscreen! 
#H2OB4Workout; #SPFKeepsYouFromTheBurn; #DressLightKeepCool; #Don’tOverheatHydrate"

Summer Safety - bugs

Social Media Message: "Keep bugs away when you play! Avoid wearing perfumes and scented soaps. Stay away from stagnant water and heavily wooded areas. Be safe – Check the DEET concentrations before use!
#BugsDon’tBugME; #BugsStayClear; #BugsLovePerfumeDon’tWearItOutside"

Boating Safety

Suggested Social Media Message: "Keep a good lookout and situational awareness of other boats and objects. Ensure crew and passengers wear a USCG approved personal floatation device. Operate at safe and legal speeds – watch your wake. Know and respect the weather – heed weather warnings.
#SeasTheDaySafely; #EnjoyTheWaves; #KnowHowToFloatYourBoat; #StayAwakeAndWatchTheWake"

Summer Safety - swimming

Suggested Social Media Message: "Never allow young children to swim without adult supervision.
Never swim when you are tired, under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication. Know and observe your swimming limitations and capabilities. Avoid swift-moving water. If caught in a current, swim with it and angle towards shore or the edge of the current.
#PoolSideSafety; #SwimSafely; #WaterSafetyIsNoJoke"

Summer Safety - bicycle

Suggested Social Media Message: "Ride a bike and a helmet that fits you. Wear bright clothing and reflective gear so you can be seen. Drive with the flow of traffic.
Be alert – avoid listening to music with headphones/pods. Share the road with automobiles.
#ShareTheRoad; #BeAHardHeadWearAHelmet; #GoWithTheFlowOfTraffic"

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Last Updated: May 16, 2022
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