Learn more about summer safety tips for kids, workers, and the general public.
Published 1 Jul 2022
Summer safety tips are guides for enjoying, working, and living during the summer without compromising one’s health and safety. There are general summer safety tips that everyone should follow, and there are also specific ones for kids and for those who work under the sun regularly.
Summer is a time when the temperature rises exponentially, exposing people to different heat-related risks and illnesses. As the years go by, summer continues to grow hotter as well. This goes for people of all ages, regardless of their location.
Some common illnesses during the summer season are:
A construction worker in the summer.
Regardless of work, age, and location, there are general summer safety tips doctors promote to prevent or lessen the chances of heat illnesses and heat stress. Some of the most recommended tips are the following:
In many places around the world, summer is a time for kids and teens to play in the sun, either on the beach or elsewhere. While they are expected to follow the same safety tips adults do, there are some summer safety tips for kids specifically for guardians to know, such as:
Certain workplace hazards only manifest in the summer due to the hot weather. This is especially true for those who work under direct sunlight and in such conditions for many hours on end, leading to heat stress. Some fields that are most at risk for this are construction, mining, and engineering.
However, working for long periods during the summer or in any hot condition is discouraged by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As a summer safety tip, the CDC calls for employers to lessen or limit their employees’ time in hot places. Instead, it encourages them to work more in cooler environments or take more breaks. All workplaces should also have the proper ventilation system and potable water sources to help mitigate heat stress, fatigue, and dehydration.
Workers should also continuously wear sunscreen and other protective gear, even if some of them do not work in direct sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are found to be more intense during the summer; since sunlight and UV rays can still penetrate through windows or come from blue-light devices, wearing sunscreen indoors is essential.
Using a digital checklist can be helpful in keeping track of summer safety tips for both children and adults, especially on the go. For this, consider using iAuditor by SafetyCulture.
iAuditor is a digital checklist app you can look into not only for complying with summer safety tips but also for ensuring compliance with general health and safety protocols. With iAuditor, you can store all your checklists in a cloud that you and others you authorize can access at any time. iAuditor also offers free editable templates in the Public Library that you can customize to fit your needs as you see fit.
Other things you can do with iAuditor are:
This heat exposure checklist is by BHP, a mining company based in Australia. With this checklist, employers can monitor their employees’ heat exposure and ensure that they do not get heat stress or any other heat-related illness while on the field.
Roselin Manawis is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture. She has experience in news writing and content marketing across different fields of discipline. Her background in Communication Arts enables her to leverage multimedia and improve the quality of her work. She also contributed as a research assistant for an international study and as a co-author for two books in 2020. With her informative articles, she aims to ignite digital transformation in workplaces around the world.
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