Summer Safety Tips To Celebrate National Safety Month

Summer Safety tips from DPSS

DPSS is joining the National Safety Council (NSC) in celebrating National Safety Month 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 dive into summertime, a season filled with time outdoors, we’ve compiled a list of important summer safety reminders and tips for you to keep in mind.

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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
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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. Make no mistake about it – even though Michigan is a northern state, temperatures can get extremely hot! 

  • 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

Grilling Safety

Summertime is often paired with grilling outdoors, and with that in mind, it’s important to follow essential safety precautions, particularly while dealing with open flames. 

  • Choose a safe location and position grills properly
    • Place grills a minimum of 36″ away from your home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
    • Set up your grill on a flat, stable surface to prevent tipping.
  • Operate your grill safely by checking for leaks and opening the lid before lighting
  • Maintain your grill by cleaning and inspecting it regularly
  • Practice safe flame lighting and extinguishing:
    • Use a proper lighter or igniter to start your grill
    • Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids
    • Allow the grill to cool completely before moving or storing it
    • Never leave a hot grill unattended
  • Fire Readiness
    • Keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of sand, or garden hose readily available for use in emergencies.
    • Make an Emergency Plan: Know how to quickly shut off the gas supply and call emergency services if a fire gets out of control.
  • Supervise children and pets 
    • Establish a safe zone of at least three feet around the grill, where children and pets are not allowed.
    • Stay Vigilant: Never leave the grill unattended
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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.

Stay safe while enjoying the summertime!