With Memorial Day around the corner, our fancy turns to all things summer. In the spirit of the upcoming season, I’m happy to provide a PSA on what NOT to do this summer. You’re welcome.
This summer, please don’t:
- Leave children or pets in hot cars.
- Take kids tubing on a lake without a spotter to watch them constantly.
- Go out into the woods without being covered in DEET.
- Go outside after dark without being covered in DEET.
- Leave anyone in a hot car.
- Go on a diet during barbecue/ice cream season.
- Drink and go boating.
- Drink and drive.
- Drink and slice watermelon.
- Leave mayonnaise-laden foods outside for long periods of time.
- Leave children unattended in any body of water.
- Play with fireworks.
- Go out in the sun without sunscreen.
- Fail to hydrate.
- Touch any three-leaf patterned plants.
I’m sure there are other potential hazards looking to spoil our summer fun. Lawn mowing, for instance, can be extremely dangerous, especially if you do it in flip flops. Sports related injuries also increase in the summer as the warm weather encourages weekend warriors to get out and run, bike, swim, rollerblade and play frisbee.
With a little common sense, though, we can fully enjoy the glory of long, warm summer days, balmy evenings roasting marshmallows by the fire, and time spent outdoors with family and friends.
So break out your white shorts and start summering it up this Memorial Day! (Safely, please)