Use protective safety gear for the sports and activities you plan to enjoy.  Helmets for biking and boarding, as well as ATV riding, can help save you a head injury and a trip to the hospital.  Consider elbow and knee pads and other safety equipment to keep the fun going and the injuries away.

Be careful in the water.  Always watch your children as they swim because pool accidents can be quick and serious.  In 2004, there were more than 3,300 unintentional drowning in the United States.

When grilling food, never use a charcoal grill inside.  Always check gas grills for damage after a winter of no use.  Check hoses and tubing for cracks and brittle places.  Check propane tanks for leaks before lighting the grill.

Trampoline accidents can happen in an instant.  Most trampolines, regardless of size, recommend only one person using it at a time.

Take steps to prevent falling from windows.  Install window guards or stops to prevent windows from opening enough for a child to fit through.  Keep furniture away to discourage children from climbing into open windows.

Drink plenty of water.  If you’re thirsty, you’re probably already dehydrated.  Avoid liquids with alcohol or sugar.  Limit outdoor activity during the hottest time of the day, which is usually between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.















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