Summer Safety Tips from St. Peter’s Health Partners

At St. Peter’s Health Partners, we prioritize your family’s well-being, especially during the fun-filled summer months. Here are essential tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for everyone.

Lake Swimming

Swimming in open water such as lakes and oceans presents unique challenges compared to swimming pools. Teach children the differences, such as varying depths, currents, and visibility. Open water requires more awareness and respect for potential hazards.

Life Jackets

For activities like boating or water sports, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Properly fitting life jackets can prevent drowning and are essential for both children and adults. For guidelines on choosing the right life jacket, refer to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety website.

Sunscreen & Lip Balm

To protect your skin from harmful UV rays, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating. Using lip balm with SPF protection is also crucial to prevent sunburn on your lips.

UV Index

The UV Index provides a daily forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. A higher index means a greater risk. UV rays are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM, during spring and summer months, and at higher elevations. Check the UV Index daily to plan outdoor activities safely. For more information, visit the EPA’s UV Index website.


Hot summer temperatures increase the risk of dehydration. Ensure everyone in the family drinks plenty of water throughout the day, especially when active outdoors. Water is the best choice to stay hydrated, but you can also include fruits with high water content like watermelon and cucumber in your diet.

Bright Swimsuits

Choosing the right swimsuit color can enhance safety. Bright, neon colors such as orange or pink are easily visible in water, making it easier to keep an eye on your children while they swim. This simple step can significantly enhance their safety in the water.

Drowning happens quickly and quietly. In case of any medical emergencies, please dial 911 and visit one of SPHP’s emergency departments — St. Peter’s Hospital, Samaritan Hospital, or Samaritan Hospital – Albany Memorial Campus — for quality care.

While the best parts of summer can be making memories at a local lake or backyard swimming pool, let’s ensure those memories are great ones.  So, parents: When your kids are on, in or near the water, you’re on full-time duty.

Remember, the key to a fun summer is staying safe and prepared.

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