DPH Issues Summer Safety Tips

Hartford – With summer officially upon us, the Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds
the public to keep safety in mind as they go about their daily activities this season.

“Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities, get exercise, and spend time with family and
friends,” stated DPH Deputy Commissioner Katharine Lewis. “Summer activities can also
increase the risk of injury. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to prevent
injuries and make summer safe and enjoyable for everyone.”
DPH recommends the following safety tips:

Safety on the Road
• Buckle up on every trip in the car, even if it’s just a short ride around town.
• Younger children should ride in size and age-appropriate car safety seats.
• Do not leave children or pets in a parked car – interior temperatures can reach deadly
levels in minutes even during moderate temperatures.

Bike and Recreational Safety
• Wear a bicycle helmet every time you get on a bike. Helmets can reduce your risk of
head injury by up to 85 percent in a bicycle crash.
• Supervise younger children and assure that they ride with supervision in safe areas away
from traffic.
• Wear a compliant helmet, goggles, and long sleeves and pants when riding an All-Terrain
Vehicle (ATV); never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than one
passenger on an ATV designed for two people.
• Wear appropriate multi-sport helmets and safety gear to prevent injuries while skate
boarding, inline skating or riding a scooter.

Safe Walking
• Teach your children to look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
• Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, and cross safely using traffic signals and
crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic as far to the left as
possible.
• Watch for cars that are turning or are backing up, especially in driveways and parking
lots.
• Wear clothing with reflective materials and carry a turned on flashlight at dusk and dark.

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