Ahhh, summer: a time for kicking back, having fun, and making great memories. We love summer fun just as much as you do, but we can’t ignore the safety risks that come along with the season – and you shouldn’t either! To help you have the best summer ever, we’re sharing a few safety tips that’ll keep you, your family, and friends safely entertained all season long. Backyard Barbecue Safety Tips Summertime is the prime time to round up your family and friends for a day of backyard fun. You’ve probably recently attended or hosted a barbecue, and while everything was delicious and fun, you may not know just how dangerous these little gatherings can be. Before attending or hosting your next backyard barbecue, brush up on these grilling safety tips: #1: When grilling, never wear loose fitting clothing. #2: Always ensure a fire extinguisher is stored in an area that’s both close to and easily accessible from the grill. #3: When in use, never leave the grill unattended – not even for a moment. #4: Never store lighter fluid near a charcoal grill; opt for a cool, dry place, away from children and pets. #5: When choosing a grilling location, opt for a flat surface to avoid tipping. Also, avoid indoor locations and maintain a safe distance from overhangs, railing, and fences. #6: Always keep lit cigarettes, matches, and all forms of open flame away from a gas grills. Summer Road Trip Safety Tips With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to embark upon a fun getaway! Lots of families opt for road trips to save a few bucks and hit the tourist attractions on the way to their final destination. However, when taking to the open road for an extended distance it is extremely important to make sure you’re playing it safe: #7: Before heading out, take the vehicle to a local mechanic to inspect the conditions of the tires, lights, belts and hoses, wiper blades, and cooling system. #8: Pack an emergency roadside kit with the following items: Cell Phone First-Aid Supplies Flashlight Flares Jumper Cables Ground Mat & Jack Extra Clothing Basic Tools Duct Tape Bottled Water Nonperishable Foods Maps #9: If traveling with little ones, check to ensure their child safety seat or booster seat is in compliance with the NHTSA safety guidelines. #10: Stay alert by staying hydrated, eating regular meals, and taking frequent breaks – even if it’s just for a moment to stretch your legs. #11: Always, always, always wear a seat belt. Summer Sun Safety Tips Summer days spent under the sun sure are fun, but there are lots of risks associated with sun exposure. Learn how to protect yourself from the sun with these helpful safety tips: #12: Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 before going outdoors. For complete UV protection, use products that provide broad spectrum protection (i.e. protection against UVB and UVA rays). #13: Wear clothing that is dark in color and tightly woven. #14: Whenever possible, stay in the shade. #15: Avoid looking directly at the sun, and always keep a pair of protective sunglasses handy. #16: Recognize signs and symptoms of sun poisoning and dehydration, and seek immediate medical assistance. Firework Safety Tips From Memorial Day and the 4th of July, all the way up to Labor Day, fireworks are a summer staple. While it’s no secret that fireworks are dangerous and pose a great deal of fire risks, it is important to spread awareness about the best ways to safely enjoy fireworks: #17: Always use fireworks outdoors; they are never safe to use indoors. #18: Keep an ample supply of water close by in case of unpredictable flames. #19: Never carry fireworks in pockets or purses. #20: Avoid shooting off fireworks in a metal or glass container. #21: When viewing public firework shows, always stay at least 500 feet away. Want More? Subscribe to our Blog, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for awesome tips on everything from home safety and disaster preparedness to simple DIY tutorials and free home management printouts.