With summer upon us, numerous communities from across the country are offering safety tips that allow consumers to have fun without putting themselves in danger. Although tips are typically geared to the local community, I’ve found that they’re just as valid anywhere in the country.
Officials with the city of Crestview, Florida, have given their two cents on how people can remain safe while engaging in various outdoor activities. First up on their list is bike safety. A spokesperson with the Crestview Police Department suggests that everyone ride in the same direction that traffic is going, while individuals on foot should do the opposite. Bike riding with traffic flow reduces the possibility of injury, according to the officer. Reflective clothing is also recommended, as is a helmet.
As far as swimming goes, an individual with the Boy Scout’s Gulf Coast Council says that one of the most important things a person can do is simply know their limits. Overexertion should be avoided, as should bodies of water that contain hazards like rip currents. Supervision should always be available, and no one should swim alone.
Boating rounds out the safety categories discussed. Everyone is advised to wear some sort of flotation device, whether the watercraft be a canoe, a boat, or something else. When in a canoe that capsizes, people are advised to get back in and paddle to shore, as most injuries occur when individuals leave the relative safety of the canoe.