Five Tips for Staying Safe Outdoors this Summer

As we reach the peak of summer, it’s time to really consider the steps we can take to reduce risks for injury.

  1. Don’t drink and…do anything, really. Alcohol impairs your ability to drive, swim, operate a boat, and nearly everything else. Enjoy alcohol responsibly and plan activities accordingly to make sure you don’t place yourself – or others – in danger
  2. Wear sunscreen. Excessive sun exposure is linked to skin cancer. Wear sunscreen and try to avoid direct exposure in the middle of the day to help reduce your risks
  3. Swim safely. No matter if you’re hiking in to Emerald Pool, hopping into The Deep Hole, or using one of New Hampshire’s many public and private swimming pools, play it safe. Swim with a friend. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. And always heed safety and warning signs
  4. Use a flashlight. When outside at night in areas that do not have sufficient lighting, use a flashlight or headlamp to illuminate your way. This helps prevent trips and falls, and the hospital visits that can accompany them
  5. Relax. It’s summertime. Allow yourself more time to get to your destination and avoid distraction as you bike, walk, or drive

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