Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

Posted 07/18/2014

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When you move into a Maracay Homes neighborhood, you become part of the Maracay family. As part of our family, your happiness as well as your safety are our top priorities. In these summer months, dangerously high temperatures, monsoon storms and everyday hazards pose a risk to you and your loved ones' safety. Fortunately, Maracay has some summer safety tips to follow to make sure you have the happiest, and safest, summer yet!

Whether for you, your kids or your four-legged companions, make sure to follow these tips:

Water Take water with you everywhere. Whether you're running errands or running laps, dehydration is a serious problem, especially in the 100+ degree heat. Arizona Department of Health Services recommends drinking at least two liters of water a day if you are inside, and an additional one to two liters per hour that you are outside. Make sure your kids and pets are drinking enough, too.

Protection While dehydration is a problem in the heat, protection from the sun is also important in the summer. Wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing, sunglasses and hats, as well as applying sunscreen, will protect you and your skin from the sun's harsh rays. Also, make sure to always wear shoes outside. Even when you're just running out to pick up the newspaper, the hot concrete can cause second-degree burns.

Watchful Eye Having a barbeque or pool day get-together? Make sure to keep an eye on the kids and pets in the pool at all times. Not going in the pool? Install a safety gate as a barrier to prevent any accidents.

Safety First Just like a seat belt, helmets should always be worn on bikes, scooters, skateboards etc. They may be hot and uncomfortable in the desert, but they are essential to staying safe.

Monsoons Not from Arizona? Welcome to Monsoon Season. MonsoonSafety.org provides facts, tips and news on monsoon storms in the southwest. They suggest staying inside if at all possible during a storm. If you are already out, don't drive around. Park and wait it out or turn around if you have time. In the case of flash floods, leave your car and find high ground if the water starts to rise too quickly. As with any natural disaster, it's best to have an emergency plan implemented ahead of time in case of an emergency.