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Summer Safety – What you should know

For more information, contact the 28th Bomb Wing Occupational Safety Office at (605)385-4515.

With warmer weather comes opportunities to not only enjoy the outdoors, but also opens the doors to injury. Here are some tips to remain safe while taking part in summer activities. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

With warmer weather comes opportunities to not only enjoy the outdoors, but also opens the doors to injury.

Here are some tips to remain safe while taking part in summer activities.

It is not safe to consume alcohol while boating. According to safety4sea.com, alcohol consumption was the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in 2018, accounting for 19 percent of total fatalities.

Staying safe during the summer does not only mean limiting alcohol use on boats; proper protective gear is a must during outdoor activities.

When boating, it is important to wear life jackets in the event someone falls overboard. Also, wear sunscreen while out on the water.

If you go hiking, wear breathable clothing, hiking footwear, and take water and snacks with you. Additionally, letting someone know where you are headed, and for how long, will help local authorities find you in the event of an emergency.

Sunscreen is not only recommended during outdoor activities. Sunscreen absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, protecting the wearer from becoming sunburned while also aiding in reducing the risk of melanoma and skin cancer.

Boating and hiking are just two of the many summer activities people can take part in. Another includes camping, which brings another level of preparedness into account. Ensure you have the proper amount of supplies for the duration of your camping trip, including water, and know your limits.
Finally, stay hydrated. Fluids to stay hydrated during various activities include water and sports drinks.

For more information, contact the 28th Bomb Wing Occupational Safety Office at (605) 385-4515.

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