Summer Of Safety

Summer Of Safety
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Audacy Las Vegas and Findlay Toyota are proud to present the Summer of Safety! As Las Vegas reaches triple-digit temperatures, the arrival of summer brings excitement and fun. However, we must remain aware of the season's dangers. The "Summer of Safety" offers 30 essential tips to keep us and our furry friends safe during water activities, city adventures, and road trips. Let's embrace the warmth while staying vigilant and responsible.

Tip 1: Provide plenty of fresh water: Ensure your pets have access to clean drinking water at all times, especially when outside.

Tip 2: Avoid hot surfaces: Be cautious of hot pavement, sand, or surfaces that can burn your pet's paws. Walk them on grassy areas whenever possible.

Tip 3: Never leave pets unattended in a vehicle: Even with windows cracked, temperatures inside a car can rise rapidly and become life-threatening for pets.

Tip 4: Provide shade and shelter: Offer shaded areas and a cool shelter for your pets to escape from the direct sun and heat.

Tip 5: Limit exercise during hot hours: Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day, as pets can quickly overheat.

Tip 6: Beware of heatstroke signs: Learn the symptoms of heatstroke in pets, such as excessive panting, rapid heartbeat, drooling, weakness, or collapse. Seek immediate veterinary attention if you notice any of these signs.

Tip 7: Use pet-friendly sunscreen: Apply pet-safe sunscreen on areas of your pet's body that are prone to sunburn, such as the nose, ears, and belly.

Tip 8: Beware of water hazards: Not all pets are natural swimmers, so never leave them unattended near pools, lakes, or other bodies of water.

Tip 9: Consider life jackets for water activities: If your pet joins you in water activities, provide them with a properly fitted pet life jacket for added safety.

Tip 10: Check for ticks and fleas: Regularly inspect your pets for ticks and fleas, which can be more prevalent during the summer months, and use appropriate preventative measures recommended by your veterinarian.

Tip 11: Never leave children unattended: Always supervise children closely when they are near pools or lakes. Keep them within arm's reach, especially if they are non-swimmers.

Tip 12: Teach swimming skills: Enroll children in swimming lessons to help them become comfortable and confident in the water.

Tip 13: Use appropriate flotation devices: Ensure children wear properly fitted life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) when swimming or boating.

Tip 14: Establish and enforce rules: Set clear rules for behavior around water and make sure children understand and follow them, such as no running near the pool or diving in shallow areas.

Tip 15: Secure pool and lake areas: Install barriers like fences with self-closing gates and childproof locks to prevent unsupervised access to pools or lakes.

Tip 16: Teach water safety: Educate children about the dangers of deep water, currents, and the importance of not swimming alone.

Tip 17: Avoid dangerous activities: Discourage rough play, pushing others into the water, or playing near pool drains and other water intake devices.

Tip 18: Learn CPR and first aid: Acquire basic knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid techniques in case of emergencies.

Tip 19: Stay away from drains: Instruct children to avoid pool drains, as they can be powerful and potentially dangerous.

Tip 20: Encourage open communication: Teach children to inform a trusted adult if they see someone struggling in the water or if they are uncomfortable with any situation around water.

Tip 21: Learn swimming and water skills: Ensure you are a confident swimmer and have knowledge of basic water safety techniques.

Tip 22: Be cautious with alcohol consumption: Avoid excessive alcohol consumption when near or in the water, as it can impair judgment and coordination.

Tip 23: Follow posted rules and regulations: Pay attention to signs and guidelines provided at pools and lakes, such as diving restrictions, swimming area boundaries, and depth markers.

Tip 24: Sun protection: Wear sunscreen with a high SPF, protective clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Tip 25: Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, especially in hot weather conditions.

Tip 26: Be aware of your surroundings: Familiarize yourself with the layout of the pool or lake, including location of emergency equipment, exits, and lifeguard stations.

Tip 27: Avoid swimming alone: Whenever possible, swim with a buddy or ensure someone is aware of your swimming activities and location.

Tip 28: Watch for underwater hazards: Be mindful of underwater obstacles, such as rocks, tree branches, or uneven surfaces, which can cause injuries.

Tip 29: Practice boat safety: If boating, ensure everyone on board wears a life jacket and follow all boating safety guidelines.

Tip 30: Learn rescue techniques: Consider taking a water rescue or lifeguarding course to learn how to respond effectively in emergency situations.