National Safety Month: Summer Safety

The National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates National Safety Month annually in June. In a state like Michigan that experiences four seasons, potential hazards and safety tips often look different depending on the time of year. As we join the NSC in celebrating National Safety Month, we have compiled a list of important summer safety reminders and tips for you to keep in mind during the warmer months.

Bike Safety

The University of Michigan and the city of Ann Arbor are very bicycle-friendly communities. It is, however, very important that bicyclists (and motorists) understand the rules of the road and how to stay safe while biking in the city.

  • Stay alert at all times
  • Follow traffic laws and signals
  • Be visible
    • Put a white light at the front of your bicycle and a red light at the back
    • Wear bright or reflective clothing
  • Wear a helmet
  • Yield to walkers on sidewalks and paths
  • Secure your bicycle with a quality U-Lock
  • Register your bicycle with DPSS to assist with recovery in the event of theft

Pedestrian Safety

With an abundance of restaurants and shops downtown and various city parks to explore, Ann Arbor is a great place to explore on foot. Did you know that city ordinances require motorists to stop for pedestrians who are at or in crosswalks? Consider the following tips to safely enjoy strolling around Ann Arbor this summer.

  • Walk with a friend
  • Use designated sidewalks or paths
  • Cross at designated crosswalks
  • Never rely solely on pedestrian signals — make eye contact with motorists before crossing
  • Avoid distracting behaviors like texting, talking on the phone or listening to music with earbuds
  • Avoid secluded areas, especially at night

Heat Safety

As we make the switch from warm to hot weather, it’s important to take the time to review tips for staying safe in the heat.

  • Wear sunscreen
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit alcoholic beverages
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing
  • Limit exercise outdoors in extreme heat
  • Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat
  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles
  • Know the symptoms of heat stroke and dial 911 if you or someone you’re with is experiencing:
    • High body temperature (105+)
    • Hot, red, or dry skin
    • Rapid, weak pulse
    • Rapid, shallow breathing
    • Not sweating
    • Unconsciousness

One safety tip that doesn’t change with the seasons is the reminder to call DPSS if you see something or experience something that just doesn’t seem right. No concern is too small. We can be reached 24/7 for non-emergencies at (734) 763-1131 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.