NEWS | June 18, 2013

Hot fun in the summertime

By 628th Air Base Wing Safety Office

The weather is really starting to heat up and that means all our outdoor activities can get into full swing. Being outdoors in the summer is relaxing, fun and revitalizing if you plan well and are always prepared. Applying risk management techniques to all situations can save a lot of pain in the long run.

Sunburn, heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses may not cause a fatality, but can certainly cause lost work days and days of pain. A simple, effective way to prepare is by having a list of necessities for all your activities. You wouldn't go to play tennis without a racket; it would be the same if you went to the beach without sunscreen. Is hiking your passion? You'll need sunscreen for this also, not to mention extra water and proper foot gear. There are websites available for all imaginable activities, be sure to check these out before you set out on your next adventure.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-heatstroke/FA00019

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000056.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003227.htm

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/sunburn-prevention

http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/8_Tips_for_Exercising_in_Summer_Heat

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ00316

Another hot activity for everyone during the summer season is grilling. Who doesn't love the smell and taste of food cooked over an open fire? When you're getting ready to grill for the first time, remember to start with grill maintenance. Check your owner's manual and the manufacturer's website for the specifics on your equipment, but for general guidelines, you can visit the websites listed below.

http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=298&itemID=18346&URL=Research%20&%20Reports/Fact%20sheets/Seasonal%20safety/Grilling&cookie%5Ftest=1

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/summer.shtm  

http://bbq.about.com/od/gasgrills/a/Gas-Grill-Maintenance.htm

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-3480_162-20062896.html

http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1714&itemID=41221&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Outdoors/Grilling/Grilling%20safety%20tips