Critical Days of Summer: Enjoy the great outdoors safely|
Posted 7/15/2012 Updated 7/15/2012
Air Force Safety Center
7/15/2012 - KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- As summer reaches its peak, Airmen should stay safe as they enjoy all types of outdoors activities. Here are some great tips and resources for safety as you weather the summer heat.
With warmer weather comes family gatherings and cooking outside on a charcoal or gas grill. Barbequing is a relatively harmless event, but mishaps can occur if safety rules and respect for the dangers of fire are not followed. Burns, scalds, soft tissue injuries, abrasions and cuts are just a few of the accidents that can occur when grilling.
Food handling safety
Grill safety tips
Beat the Summer Heat
As the weather is gets warmer, the potential for heat-related illnesses and injuries, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke increase. Learn the signs of these as well as how to prevent sunburn, sun poisoning and other hazards.
CDC information on skin cancer
Summer Safety: The Dangers of Extreme Heat to Service Members
Summer brings some unique weather hazards in many parts of the world. Lightning, tornadoes, typhoons and hurricanes are the ones that can be extremely dangerous.
According to the National Weather Service, there are approximately 16 million storms a year. And in the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. The average number of fatalities in the U.S. is 61. However, due to under reporting, it is estimated that, more realistically, about 100 to 120 deaths per year occur because of lightning.
National Weather Service lightning risk reduction
U.S. Forest Service recreational safety
In the Sun
According to the University of California at San Francisco's School of Medicine, "Sunblock protects your skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UVA and UVB radiation. All sunblocks have a Sun Protection Factor rating. The SPF rating indicates how long a sunscreen remains effective on the skin. A user can determine how long their sunblock will be effective by multiplying the SPF factor by the length of time it takes for him or her to suffer a burn without sunscreen."
The American Association of Dermatology recommends that a broad spectrum sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 be applied daily to all sun exposed areas and reapplied every two hours. Some recent clinical trials show sunblock with SPF 30 provided significantly better protection than sunblock with SPF 15.
Skin cancer prevention
Spring and summer outdoor safety
Enjoy camping safely
Camping health, packing checklist
While mowing accidents are not publicized often, the severity of the injuries can be devastating. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that yearly injuries (treated at emergency rooms) from lawn mowers total more than 70,000 annually.
The severity of the incidents is explained by Herb Willcutt. He states, "The revolving blade of a lawn mower can throw objects at speeds of 200 miles per hour or the length of a football field in one second. There is no time to dodge thrown objects. It takes an adult about two-thirds of a second to react to danger and young children may react slower."
Lawn mower safety tips
Lawn mower accidents, major amputations