Summer Safety

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A man grilling corn at a campsite.

Have Adventures Not Accidents

A lot of summer activities are outside: holidays, BBQs, cycling, traveling. These activities can increase your risk for injury. Make sure to

  • Wear the right safety gear, like helmets or life vests
  • Keep a bucket of water and fire extinguisher nearby in case of fires
  • Have kids sit in a car seat or booster that’s right for them
  • Bring a friend when swimming and hiking or take extra precautions

Stay safe so you can have adventures all summer long.

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A senior woman drinking a bottle of water outdoors.

Keep Cool

Temperatures rise as summer gets into full swing. The heat can sneak up on you and can cause serious health problems. Heat-related illness includes everything from heat rash to heat stroke. Symptoms include:

  • heavy sweating
  • muscle cramps
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • weak but rapid pulse
  • headaches

The best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Take precautions to have a safe, cool summer.

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A family walking along a beach.

Beach Ready, Disaster Ready

Summer in Texas is the middle of hurricane season for the gulf. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage even several hundred miles from the coast. Even if you vacation inland or indoors, disasters can strike anytime and anywhere.

  • Be Informed of potential risks and threats.
  • Make a Plan for different situations.
  • Build a Kit with essentials if you must shelter in place or evacuate.

Be prepared and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is where to plan your next adventure.

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A girl swimming in a pool with arm floats.


It’s the time of year to don the swimsuits, smear on the sunscreen and head over to the nearest public pool. Whether it’s the pool down the road or across town, all public pools must follow safety and cleaning rules. These rules include posted signs, cleaning steps and emergency plans. Together they help avoid infections, chemical hazards, drowning and injury.

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A woman applies mosquito repellant while camping.

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Keep You Down

Things with wings are back in the air. Birds, bees, butterflies and mosquitoes. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying; they also carry some dangerous diseases. Here are some tips to protect yourself.

Prevent Mosquito Breeding

  • Empty or remove any containers that hold water weekly or more.
  • Wash vases and other indoor water containers weekly.
  • Change water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week.
  • Use mosquito dunks with larvicide for water that you can’t empty or cover.
  • Keep your pools and hot tubs properly chlorinated and free of debris.
  • Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns.

Prevent Mosquito Bites

  • Use insect repellent.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Use screens on windows and doors.
  • Use mosquito netting on strollers and while camping.

More about Mosquito-Borne Disease Prevention

Last updated June 1, 2022