Summer Fun Safety Checklist

Summer is the perfect time for fun in the sun. Between family vacations, stay-cations and outdoor adventures, make sure your family stays safe. Use our summer fun safety checklist to keep everyone happy and healthy this summer.

Summer Safety Checklist

Water Safety

  • Exercise proper water supervision, even in shallow water
  • Enroll your family in formal swimming lessons
  • Get certified in CPR
  • Get properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets
  • Don’t bring electronics near water
  • Don’t run around the pool
  • Use plastic drinking cups
  • Swim with a buddy and near a lifeguard

Beach Safety

  • Swim at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties
  • Swim parallel to the shore if caught in a rip current
  • Teach kids about potentially harmful marine life
  • Avoid swimming at twilight, when the water is murky or near fishermen
  • Look out for flags and signs indicating danger
  • Watch out for dangerous objects like glass or marine life on the beach

Insect Safety

  • Remove standing water to keep mosquitos away
  • Apply insect repellent
  • Implement repellent treatment in your yard like spray or citronella
  • Keep nighttime outdoor recreation to a minimum

Sun and Heat Safety

  • Dress in lightweight clothing
  • Never leave anyone - pets or people - in the car
  • Avoid being outdoors when the sun is at its peak
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear hats and sunglasses
  • Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, heat stroke or dehydration

Sunscreen guide

  • Choose sunscreen wisely
    • water-resistant
    • broad-spectrum sunscreen
    • SPF 30 or greater
  • Application
    • Cover all exposed areas thoroughly
    • Use at least one ounce of sunscreen1
    • Apply 30 minutes before going outside
    • Reapply every two hours, more often if sweating or swimming

Play safety

  • Wear protective gear when playing sports or riding bikes
  • Make sure play areas are well-maintained
  • Check the area broken glass or other dangerous objects

Travel Safety

  • Maintain proper air pressure in your tires
  • Check your car’s fluid levels and air filters
  • Have your car battery checked

Crowd Safety

  • Take a picture of your child wearing today’s outfit in case you get separated
  • Teach your kids where to go if they get lost
  • Dress everyone in easily-recognizable outfits

Firework Safety

  • Don’t let young children handle fireworks
  • Have a bucket of water ready to put out fireworks
  • Wear safety goggles
  • Do not consume alcohol when shooting fireworks
  • Shoot fireworks in a clear area away from buildings and crowds
  • Purchase fireworks from a reliable source and do not attempt to DIY
  • Do not attempt to relight a firework that does not light
  • Follow all state and local laws and ordinances. In some areas, they are illegal.

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