A dash of summer mixed in with a holiday weekend equals bustling campgrounds and busy waterways across the state. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) encourages everyone to make safety a priority this July 4th holiday while enjoying the many outdoor recreational opportunities available in the Buckeye State.
“We know that safety may not be the first thought on our minds as we go out to camp, hike, fish, or boat this holiday weekend,” said ODNR Director David Mustine. “Our goal is to provide Ohioans with outdoor opportunities. Our hope is that they return home safely with happy summertime memories that last a lifetime.”
According to Safe Kids USA, childhood drowning and near-drowning can happen in a matter of seconds, typically occurring when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision.
The solution: Never leave a child unattended in or around water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 371 deaths occur from heat-related illnesses each year.
The solution: Drink plenty of water; wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest time of the day.
A U.S. Coast Guard report showed 672 people died from boating related accidents in 2010 – a decrease of nearly 9 percent from 2009. However, approximately 88 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
The solution: Always wear a lifejacket – make sure those on children are properly fitted and secured.
The good news is there are easy steps everyone can take that will help ensure summer days spent in the outdoors are as safe as they are fun:
- Check the forecast and have a plan if severe weather strikes
- Let someone know where you are going, when you leave, and when you plan to return
- Take an adequate supply of water and carry a cell phone for emergencies
- Be courteous to your fellow outdoors enthusiasts
- Follow posted rules and regulations
Click on the Safety tab at ohiodnr.com for more Summer Safety Tips.