When college classes let out, college students swarm outdoors to enjoy the warm summer months. At ADS Guards, we are concerned with the safety of all of our community members, and want to make sure that the youth in our area are able to safely enjoy these fun summer months. Although our focus is on providing highly trained security guards for Bay Area businesses, we have put together six tips for keeping college students safe during the summer.
1. Be Careful with Alcohol
Outdoor activities and alcohol are a popular, but dangerous mix, so be cautious when drinking at the pool or while in the sun. Many people don’t realize that alcohol can be very dangerous when combined with sun exposure, leading to problems like dehydration and heat illness. Likewise, studies show that water recreation deaths among adolescents are often connected to alcohol. To avoid injury or illness, be sure to limit your alcohol intake when at the beach or pool.
2. Wear Sunscreen
While sun is a good source of vitamin D—one that many college students lack after months in a library—it can also cause skin damage, dehydration, and wrinkles. Just one bad sunburn can double an individual’s chances of skin cancer. To keep your skin healthy and youthful, apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 as directed, especially while in the sun for an extended period of time.
3. Wear Bug Spray
Insects and insect bites are an annoying part of the outdoor, summer experience, but they can also be dangerous. Some mosquitos or ticks can carry serious health threats, like the West Nile virus and Lyme disease. To ward off bugs, always wear a mosquito repellant when outdoors.
4. Bike Safely
Riding a bike is good for the body and the environment, making it an ideal form of transportation during the summer months. As almost five thousand people are killed a year in biking accidents, it is important to take the proper safety precautions when riding. Never ride without a helmet, always go with the flow of traffic, and remember to use directional hand signals.
5. Swim with Company
Swimming is a popular summertime activity among college students, but it can lead to serious harm if safety precautions aren’t followed. Even strong swimmers are at risk of accidental drowning, so when going to the beach or pool, always bring a friend, be sure there are lifeguards on duty, and avoid swimming during inclement weather.
6. Always Bring Water
If you are going to be outside during hot summer days, it is easy to become dehydrated, especially when the weather is dry. To avoid becoming dehydrated, don’t wait to drink water until you’re thirsty. Instead, drink water consistently throughout the day and remember to carry water or sports drinks with you.
Following these few guidelines will keep your summer fun and safe. If you are planning an exciting summer party or event, think about contacting ADS Guards for information about our special event security. We are the Bay Area’s premiere security guard provider and can make your event a safe and secure one. Call us at 1-800-794-1550 for a free quote.