Denver is an incredible place to experience summertime. From its lakes and rivers to the mountains and waterparks, there is never a dull moment in this bustling, busy city. However, the carefree nature of the summer season often provides a space for residents and visitors to forget about safety best practices. You may be ready to pull on your swimsuit or head out for a hike, but summer weather can pose a threat to safety and wellbeing. Before heading out, read these five principle safety tips to ensure you have the best, safest, and most relaxing summer possible.
Sun and Heat Protection
This is the most obvious threat to summer recreation. Always apply sunscreen at least thirty minutes before heading outside (even on cloudy days) and reapply it every two hours. Even waterproof and sweatproof sunscreen will lose its effectiveness after eighty minutes of swimming. To protect yourself from the heat, avoid direct sunlight between 10AM and 3PM, and stay in shaded areas as much as possible. Drink water, dress in baggy and light clothes, and take frequent breaks from physical activity. If you do get a sunburn, get out of the sun as soon as possible and apply aloe vera. If you suspect heat stroke, call 911 immediately.
Protect Against Burns
Summertime means fire—bonfires, fireworks, grilling, you name it. If you are in the presence of these hazardous items, clearly communicate to those around you. First-degree burns are painful but won’t blister, while second-degree burns are deeper and typically blister. Third-degree burns can appear white, waxy, or black. Call a doctor if you suspect you have a second- or third-degree burn.
Use Caution When in Water
The summer months bring an excess of Coloradans to the state’s bodies of water. While most residents will know how to remain safe in and around water, some might be a bit fuzzy on the details. Listen to lifeguards, never run by a pool, and do not dive into shallow water. If you enjoy more adventurous water sports—cliff diving, for example—ensure you have the knowledge and experience to do it safely. If you don’t, ensure someone in your group knows what they’re doing and is comfortable instructing you.