10 Tips for Summer Sun, Fun and Safety in Louisville
Don't let your fun come to an end
by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker
The summer solstice on June 21 kicks off the summer season - a season of sun, humidity, pools, grilling, and outdoor fun.
With fun comes potential danger. Keep these safety tips in mind.
- Wear safety equipment, such as helmets and life jackets, when participating in recreational activities like bicycling around the Parklands and boating at Taylorsville Lake.
- Use sunscreen. Even on overcast days, that Kentucky sun can give you quite a burn. The more sunburns, the higher the risk of getting skin cancer.
- Don’t leave your child or pet in the car. An outside temperature of 90° F can reach almost 110° F in 10 minutes. Check your car’s back seat every time if you have children or routinely take your pet with you.
- Drink plenty of water and take plenty of breaks when out in the sun. Stay in the shade and wear light-colored breathable fabrics to help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Prevent vehicle accidents. Check your tire pressure to keep prevent a blowout. Watch for children playing in yards and driveways that may dart out behind or in front of your car.
- Use bug spray. Mosquitos and ticks can carry dangerous diseases, such as Lyme and West Nile. Spray your yard to protect from pests – we recommend Mosquito Joe – and don’t allow water to stand.
- Be smart about food. Grilling and eating outside can be fun, but make sure foods are kept at appropriate temps to prevent bacteria from growing. Food-borne illness is dangerous and miserable.
- Stay safe around a pool. Even a child pool with a few inches of water can be deadly. Many of our clients have pools in their backyards.
- Get your HVAC cleaned and checked and regularly replace your air filter.
- Test your fire extinguisher and keep it or a bucket of water around when grilling, relaxing around a fire pit or bonfire, and setting off fireworks.