The holiday months of July and August are times of joy, fun and new experiences, but beware of the hazards the holidays bring - more traffic accidents, more drownings, more play-related injuries. Please remember that accidental injuries result in more potential years of life lost before age 65 than cancer and heart disease combined.
- Make sure deep and shallow ends are clearly marked.
- Keep non-swimmers in the shallow end.
- Do not permit running on pool surroundings.
- Never permit swimming alone.
- Check filtration, chlorine and pH regularly.
- Keep the pool clean.
- Keep fences and gates in good condition.
- Plan your trip thoroughly, e.g., rest stops, sleeping sites and road routes.
- Before a trip, immunize for the area you are visiting.
- Wear comfortable footwear.
- Be aware that bottled water is safer to drink than tap water.
- Jet lag affects health, so rest up at a new location before setting out to explore.
- Take common types of medication with you.
- Keep to the tourist section of foreign places - it's safer.
- Don't let youngsters ride full-sized ATVs.
- Use antenna flags in dune areas and wear bright, reflective clothing.
- Do not ride ATVs on paved roads.
- Keep speed under control and never ride blindly into a place you cannot see.
- Never carry passengers.
- Wear protective equipment, especially a helmet.
- Choose a dry, well-drained campsite.
- Locate and identify poisonous plants.
- Build fires in places provided.
- If there is no fireplace, keep fire away from trees.
- Never build an oversized fire.
- Never bring fire, live coals or a barbecue into a tent or trailer.
- Store flammable materials outside.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
- Check a campsite for any hazards when you arrive.
- Pick up all litter.
- Boil drinking water.
- Put out fires and clean up your campsite when you leave. Know where you can get help and how to reach help if you need it.
- Avoid heavy activity during the hottest part of the day.
- Slow your pace and take frequent breaks.
- Drink lots of water or fluids.
- Wear loose, light-coloured clothing.
- Do not overexpose your skin to the sun.
- Use a good sunscreen lotion.