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Red Cross Tips for a Fun and Safe Summer

Red Cross - Princeton New Jersey - Summer Safety Tips
Before you head out for some fun in the sun, make sure you’re summer safety savvy.

Summer is here, which means it’s time to enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Before you head out for some fun in the sun, make sure you’re summer safety savvy with these tips from the American Red Cross.


  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and limit drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

  • Ensure everyone in your family knows how to swim and only swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Provide close and constant attention to children and inexperienced swimmers you are supervising in or near the water. Avoid distractions while supervising.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child’s life to another child. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water. If a child is missing, check the water first.
  • To learn more about backyard pool safety or safely swimming at beaches or in lakes, rivers and streams, visit

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