Summer is a great season that many people choose to enjoy outdoors. With activities like barbequing, boating, firework shows and backyard gatherings, summer activities are a great way to spend time with the ones you love. Be sure to have the best and safest summer possible with our top 8 tips to a have great summer outdoor adventures:
- Hydrate. Because being in the heat can greatly increase the risk of dehydration, it is important to drink lots of water throughout the day. Make sure to pack plenty of water for yourself, family, and pets for the entire day. Watch for signs of dehydration as well, which include dizziness, headache, and fatigue.
- Use natural insect repellent. Because it’s summer, a lot of flying, biting, stinging insects will be on the prowl. Protect yourself and your loved ones from these pests with a natural, DEET free insect repellent throughout the day.
- Stay safe in the water. Many people enjoy summer activities at local pools, rivers, and lakes, which can be unsafe if correct precautions aren’t taken. Always make sure children (and adults when required by law) have life jackets on, be sure to monitor children and dogs as they play in the water, and if you’re going out on a boat, be sure that the driver is sober and licensed.
- Spray or fog the yard. If you are hosting backyard festivities, make sure you offer a pest free environment for your guests. Spraying down the lawn with EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control is a great natural outdoor pest treatment that is safe for the whole family and will eliminate insects from swarming your food, friends, and family.
- Use safe sunscreen. Although it may seem like all sunscreen is good for you, that’s not always the case—many formulas contain toxic chemicals. Avoid lathering your skin in chemicals by using natural sunscreen and ALWAYS check the label for harmful ingredients before applying to children and dogs.
- Use fireworks with caution. With wildfires running rampant and droughts throughout the country, firework safety is important. Use them in open areas away from houses or buildings, and light them with a long handled lighter. Before even using fireworks though, check for a burn ban in your county. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher close by as an extra precaution.
- Protect your pets. During this hot season, pets become a magnet for harmful pests such as mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Be sure your furry friends are protected while they enjoy the holidays with a natural flea and tick spray.
- Keep your pets inside during firework shows. Summer is a busy season for animal shelters as a result of frightened animals running away from their homes as the fireworks pop. Be sure your dogs and cats are indoors by dusk and close your curtains to minimize fear caused from the flashing lights. You may even consider putting a Thundershirt on pets with known anxiety.
Most of all, Wondercide hopes you enjoy the day with friends and family in celebration of a summer of fun!