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Stay Safe this Summer – and Keep Your Parents Happy!

School is winding down and the temperature is on its way up. That means you’re looking forward to one thing only: Summer! What lies ahead of you are three full months of swimming, biking, camping, fishing, baseball, softball and most importantly – no school. Summer also means added freedom during the day. It’s important to remember that this newfound freedom can be contingent on keeping your parents happy. We’re not talking about doing anything crazy, like mowing the lawn for them every week – although that won’t hurt.


What’s really important is just making sure that you’re being safe when active this summer, and that your parents know it. That’s the key to having a truly great summer. The simple tips below will help make sure you not only stay safe, but also give your parents peace of mind this summer.


Protect Yourself from the Sun

Summer SafetyUse Sunscreen

Use sunscreen when you know you’ll be outside for a prolonged period of time to protect your skin from sunburn and more serious problems. It doesn’t take long to apply, and can save you lots of suffering later. Wear a hat to lessen sun exposure to the face and neck – two spots extremely vulnerable to contact with the sun.


Check-in Regularly

Summer SafetyPhone Home

Communication is key throughout the summer – especially if one or both of your parents work during the day. Try to check in with them regularly. Even if it’s a simple text message, a quick note will keep them happy and may even make them more willing to give you additional freedom during the day.


Travel in Groups

Summer SafetyStay in a Group

Chances are you’ll spend most of the summer traveling around the neighborhood riding bikes, playing games or just hanging out. Try to move around in groups whenever possible. It sounds cliché, but there is safety in numbers, especially in the evenings when it starts to get dark.


Remember the Rules of the Road

Summer SafetyBike Safe

Since you’re out and about all throughout the summer, it’s important to know some basic traffic safety rules. Ride your bike on the sidewalk and always wear a helmet. It’s also important to make sure you’re crossing the street only at lights and/or crosswalks to ensure your safety. Again, it sounds simple but can really save you a lot of trouble this summer.


Cool Off Occasionally

Summer SafetyStay Cool

You may feel like you want to cram as much as you can into every summer day, but don’t forget to take breaks to cool off during long summer days outside. Chances are your parents have a fan or even a portable air conditioner around the house – so use it! If you’re out and about, find a shady tree to sit under to recharge your battery once in a while. A local community pool can also be a great way to cool down on a hot day.


Mike Tennant is a freelance writer and columnist focusing on health and lifestyle topics. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mike currently works with Air Conditioner Home as an online developer and consultant, and still wishes he hadn’t grown up.


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I cant believe its almost over
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Ginnyweasley12
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thrice

thrice wrote:

always phone home my mum got frantic when my niece didn't phone her
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