Know your SPF numbers and what sort of SPF protection to buy for your family. Extra-high SPF numbers aren't nearly so important as careful, effective application on all exposed skin.
2. Practice Proper Water Safety
A vast number of unfortunate summer deaths are caused by drowning. If you or your families are enjoying pool activities or water sports, always go in pairs and make sure that kids are under constant adult supervision. As fun as alcohol may be while out on the water, it's also a really bad idea. Adult water-related deaths are frequently caused by drinking on watercraft or before swimming. If your summer fun involves a few beers, then enjoy your water activities first: Drink when you are done and back on land.
3. Protect Against Mosquitos and Other Threats
Mosquitos carry some of summer's worst diseases (Lyme, Zika, etc.), but they are also very difficult to avoid without proper care. If you are going to be spending time near open water, especially standing water, protect yourself from mosquitos by covering arms and legs, and using effective repellents like deet. While bright colors are a good idea in the forest, in other environments try to stay away from bright or floral patterns, which are an attractor for stinging insects.
4. When it Heats Up, Plan Hydration Carefully
Dehydration is no fun at best and deadly at worst. If you are heading into hot temperatures, make clear plans for water: If it is particularly hot, make sure you frequently stop in the shade and take a drink of water to keep from sweating out too much.
5. Be More Careful in the Car
Summer is a more dangerous time to be on the road: The combination of drivers new to the area, drivers who may be acting more careless, and more bikers can lead to disaster. So remember to check your car, follow local traffic laws, stay safe on the road, and
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNATTENDED IN THE CAR FOR A MINUTE!
Within one minute your car can increase by ten degrees. Under no circumstance should your child or pet be left in a vehicle.