Friday, October 28, 2016

3 Easy Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treat? Halloween is here again. As you and your families step out in costume this year, we want to help you limit those tricky surprises to spooky ghouls and scary witches. Check out the following three safety tips to ensure this holiday remains a treat.

When we asked parents about their most pressing Halloween safety concerns, many voiced fears about poison candy and child abductions while forgetting about one major safety offender: Cars.

As you and your children venture out for sweet treats, keep in mind that year after year, Halloween remains at the near-top of the list for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. [1]

Being aware of potential danger is critical in preventing a vehicle accident. Although traffic laws clearly state that cars must yield to pedestrians, it's important for you and your children to understand that laws like these can't prevent an accident from occurring.







Caution & Visibility

  • Use sidewalks
  • Use designated crosswalks
  • Look both ways before crossing
  • Wear reflective costumes
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights


If you're in the driver's seat this Halloween, exercise additional caution when driving through neighborhoods.

  • Drive under the speed limit
  • Avoid distractions such as phones


If your children are old enough to trick or treat alone, you'll want to arm them with additional safety ammo. Kids trick or treating alone should carry a phone, know where they live and understand the dangers of separating themselves from the group.


If your children are separated from you or their group of peers accidentally, they should be comfortable using a backup plan to reunite, such as heading back home or to a well-lit public location.





Staying in Contact

  • Have a phone
  • Have a plan


The best part of Halloween is coming home, unloading the candy, counting the pieces and, of course,
indulging. But nothing ruins a fun time more quickly than a dangerous reaction caused by food allergies.

Food Safety

  • Educate allergic children
  • Practice identifying foods with known allergens
  • Help kids separate candy



Whether you’re dressing up with the kids or dishing out candy to the neighbors this year, SOS Survival Products wishes you a safe and happy Halloween!
Concerns, questions or comments? Leave them in the provided space below!




1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fire Safety Facts & Statistics


 
The National Fire Protection Association has declared October 9–15, 2016, to be National Fire Prevention Week, and SOS Survival Products is here to help pass some important facts about fire safety on to you. Whether you're reading this post in October or March, fire safety remains relevant; becoming aware of the statistics, learning how to prevent fires and knowing what to do in the event of a fire could save your life.
If you're of the opinion that you're unlikely to be affected by a fire, think again. According to the NFPA, 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home. Fires are more likely to happen in familiar surroundings because we're much more likely to act careless there walking away from cooking items, lighting candles and smoking are just three of the leading causes of home fires that destroy roughly $7 billion in personal property and claim more than 2,500 lives every year.
According to the Red Cross, 36 people will be injured by fires daily in 2016; seven deaths in the United States will occur as a result of fires before the end of the day.

Don't become next year's statistic. Discover how to prevent fires and learn what actions to take should a fire occur in your home.

Top 5 Causes for Home Fires


1. Cooking
2. Candles
3. Heating
4. Smoking
5. Electrical

Cooking is the single leading cause of house fires in the United States year after year. From grease fires to simply forgetting you've left the stove on, a kitchen fire can quickly become uncontrollable, creating a fire large enough to consume your home in just minutes.


  • Don't cook late when you're tired or have been drinking.
  • Don't leave the kitchen area when you're frying, grilling or broiling.
  • Remain in the home when anything is on the stove, even if it's only simmering.
  • Keep items such as dish towels and oven mitts away from the stove top at all times.

Should a fire occur on the stove, use a lid to cover and smother the flame. Don't use water. Don't try to fan the flame away.

If a fire starts in your oven, turn the oven off and keep the door closed!

If at any time you feel like you're no longer in control of the fire, leave your home at once and then call 9-1-1 for help.





Be Prepared

Being prepared in the event of a fire is crucial. Proper preparation can help put time back on the clock when you'll need it most and help you and your family escape as quickly as possible from a life-threatening situation.

A functioning smoke detector is your first line of defense when it comes to house fires. Smoke detectors help alert you and your family of smoke or fire oftentimes minutes before you're aware of a problem and are a vital life-saving asset.

  • Keep smoke alarms up to date.
  • Test smoke alarms and replace batteries as soon as an alert occurs.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years no matter what.
  • Get monitored smoke alarms through a home security company.

All homes should be equipped with a functioning smoke detector upon your move-in date, but how often you test your smoke alarm and how well you keep it functioning is up to you.


Some homes, apartments or condos may additionally be equipped with sprinklers. If your home does not have a sprinkler system, it is recommended that you install one yourself.


Safety sprinklers can reduce your home insurance premium, are easy to maintain, remain effective in all climates and reduce the risk of dying in a fire by about 80 percent.

In addition, SOS Survival Products recommends you keep a fire extinguisher in every major room and equip your home with a foldable emergency ladder to allow for a safe escape from second- or third-story windows.


Know Your Plan

In the event of a fire, time is everything. Don't wait for a disaster to occur before you start planning.

  • Know what you'll take with you.
  • Practice your plan.
  • Know your plan.
  • Never turn back into a fire.



Fire prevention and safety awareness is a valuable tool. Pass it on. Share this post with your friends and family or comment below to add your own prevention tools, tips and stories for others to hear.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Everyday Safety & Disaster Preparation






September is National Preparedness Month, a time to remember how important everyday safety and emergency preparation is year-round. This month is an active and even hectic one for many Americans. As kids are returning to school, the demand for motorist awareness increases, and with the cooler temperatures comes an influx in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and biking - activities that have the potential to increase the risks of accidents.


As the year goes on and the holidays approach, many of our readers will be seeing dramatic changes in weather, from increased rainfall to sleet and snow.This month, we'd like to remind you that there's never a better time to start practicing safety and readiness than now. From committing to better driver awareness and knowing your limits as a wilderness enthusiast to preparing for a large-scale disaster such as a flood or an earthquake, preparation starts with you.


INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION


It's easy to become accustomed to the idea that emergency responders will be there when you need them. But what happens when they can't be? If you're not able to place a call for help or if all emergency response teams in your area are unavailable, such as in the event of a large-scale disaster, it's vital that you have an action plan.
Planning ahead is your most valuable tool in the event of an emergency.
Here's how:


Be Aware


Being aware of potential disasters increases your chance of survival. Know your surroundings, your limitations and check weather conditions before traveling, camping or hiking. Always take weather warnings seriously. You can stay up to date on changing weather conditions through your local news programs or by downloading a weather app for your phone.


In the event of a major disaster, the Mobile Fema app will allow you to receive continual weather alerts, safety reminders and locate shelters in your area.


Prepare a Kit


Having an emergency kit ready at all times will allow you to think and act quickly in the event of an emergency. Before you pack your kit, make a list to help weed out the essentials from the non-essentials.


Your list should most certainly include water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio that will allow you to receive emergency alerts in the event that other forms of communication are down, at least one flashlight, and extra batteries if your flashlight uses them.
If you depend on life-saving medications such as insulin or necessary aids such as eye glasses, ensure that these are placed into your kit as well.


If you have pets, your kit should include any vital items necessary for you to keep your pet safe during a disaster.


Prepare an Exit Route


In the event that you have to evacuate your home during a major emergency, it's important to have a plan in advance.
Decide where you'll go and which route you will take, and practice your escape route at least twice a year.


Additionally, take note of alternate routes available to you, and stay aware of any road closures that might impact driving.


Ensure that your escape plan is realistic by practicing it, and that you've taken the need to pet accommodation into account.






FAMILY PREPARATION


Talk to Your Kids


Children thrive on routine, and the more you can prepare them for the possibility of an emergency, the more in control they'll be able to feel in the event. Depending on your child's age, allow him or her to participate in preparing an emergency kit and your emergency action plan.
Talk to your child about why safety and emergency preparedness are important openly and often, and enroll older children in a CPR and First Aid course.




Practice Your Plan


Practicing how you'll act in the event of an emergency or disaster will help your family work out the kinks in your plan. Depending on your needs, you might stage drills for earthquakes, water-related emergencies or fire, giving your family the opportunity to get used to the idea of following up on the plan you've been talking about.
Involve your family in practice drills several times a year to ensure your plan won't fall apart when you'll need it the most.


Know What to Do Should You Get Separated




It's difficult to even consider, but planning on becoming separated should be a part of every emergency plan. Whether you're at the mall, the hiking trail or you've been struck by a disaster like an earthquake, being separated without a plan can be absolutely detrimental.
Choose a meeting placeIt's our natural instinct to begin a search for a loved one as soon as you realize they're missing, but walking around aimlessly searching for one another only increases your risk of not finding one another.


In the event that you're separated from your family, whether that's at the supermarket or during a major-scale emergency, it's important you designate a meeting place ahead of time. Reaffirm your meeting place regularly, and emphasize the importance of a meeting place with your family.


Notify family that you are safe after an emergency


A site like this will allow you to communicate with the loved ones not within your reach during an emergency. It's not unlikely that you won't be able to place a call during an emergency as call traffic generally increases dramatically during a time like this. But emergency sites like the one linked above are capable of handling an influx in users, allowing you to let worried friends and family members know you're not in danger.




COMMUNITY PREPARATION


Your community is full of resources and can be a valuable asset in the event of an emergency that affects your whole neighborhood. If you're not sure where to start, www.serve.gov is an excellent resource to help you to get to know your neighbors, plan together, identify local resources assign responsibilities and set goals.




Being prepared starts with you. By taking everyday responsibilities seriously, planning accordingly and connecting with your neighbors, you will be able to set the cornerstones for successful safety and emergency preparedness today.





Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How to Prepare for a Power Outage




Power outages can happen for a variety of reasons but occur most frequently during the summer and winter months when weather and temperatures can be extreme and unpredictable. Power outages can happen unplanned in the case of strong winds or vehicle accidents that take down power lines or planned in the case of rolling blackouts which are used as a last resort by energy companies in order to curb energy crises or avoid system overloads.

Rolling blackouts are more common during the hottest summer months when energy needs skyrocket due to increased air conditioning usage, but this type of intervention isn't very common within the United States.

If a blackout occurs in your town or community, the most likely causes are damage to powerlines due to lightning strikes, wind, flooding and snow. If you reside in an area where these are particularly common, it's best to prepare yourself in advance. While power outages are often short-lived, we recommend that you follow a couple of simple guidelines in case an outage occurs so that you and your family aren't caught off guard by such an event.

Do:


Talk to your children about power outages

They may not be ready to hear about the birds and the bees, but talking to your children about possible emergency situations at any age can help you avoid a panic situation. We recommend that you keep it simple by informing them about what causes a power outage and what your course of action will be in the event of one.

Make a plan
Your plans may be as simple as staying put and preparing entertainment for the kids or stocking up on emergency cooling packs or blankets for outages in very hot or cold areas. Regardless of the extent of your plans, we recommend that you start with an emergency crank- or battery-powered light and that you keep extra batteries on hand.

Invest in a surge protector


When power fails, surges in electricity that cause voltage to spike are highly common. When this happens, sensitive equipment such as computers can be damaged. A surge protector limits the amount of voltage that reaches your appliance in the event of a surge. Most power strips have built-in surge protectors and are available for $10 or $20.

Don't:


Leave Candles Unattended

Candles are commonly associated with poweroutages. Use candles with care. If you light candles for temporary emergency lighting, don’t leave them unattended. Do not leave candles burning if you planto go to bed.  Also, keep flashlights you’ll use solely in the case of an emergency stocked in various rooms of the house.  

Open the fridge

When the power goes out, it's only natural to start thinking of your perishables as valuable commodities that must be preserved at all costs, even if that means eating them. But consuming what you can before it goes bad will only lead to bellyaches and rising refrigerator temperatures.

Your fridge is constructed to keep cool air in, and by keeping it shut during a power outage, you avoid compromising the temperatures needed to keep food bacteria-free.

Try to be a hero

It's no secret that electricity is a powerful force, but we'll reiterate it here anyway. If you begin to believe that desperate times call for desperate measures, your judgement may be clouded, leading you to believe you’re equipped to handle things that are outside of the scope of your capabilities. No matter the circumstance of your local power outage, remember that you aren't prepared to repair powerlines.
For additional information about power outages, we recommend contacting your local electricity provider. Your local energy company will also likely have a portion of their online site devoted to power outages in your area, allowing you to confirm your power outage is more than a blown fuse and to monitor outages as they occur and are repaired.

If you have any additional tips for our readers, leave your comment in the box below.




Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fourth of July Safety Tips for Fireworks

 
Planning out your 4th of July probably includes a variety of traditional celebratory activities such as grilling, swimming, a cold beer with friends and, of course, fireworks. But does your Independence Day plan also include proper safety considerations?
If you're like most, you've probably never thought about the possible dangers that lurk among the fun and relaxation, specifically those associated with firework products. Spinners, sparklers and bottle rockets are readily available at roadside stands across the country during the months of June and July, and it's easy to stop in for a quick impulse buy on the way home or to a friend's house.
As the afternoon hours pass and one cold beverage turns to "has anyone seen my beer," the impulse to play with fireworks or take small risks you wouldn't otherwise increases. But it doesn't take an impaired awareness to make mistakes. Misinformation about fireworks is common, from where to place fireworks to how to light them and dispose of them once they've been used.


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly 230 people end up in the emergency room every single day from fireworks-related injuries during the month surrounding the 4th of July. In 2012, an average year for fireworks purchases, roughly 8,700 emergency room visits were directly related to the improper use of fireworks. Approximately 5,200 (or 60 percent) of these visits occurred during June and July. Six hundred were the result of the use of sparklers alone.
The majority of fireworks-related injuries involve burns on the hands and damage to the eyes and are associated with improper lighting, playing with fireworks, improperly lighting fireworks, reusing old fireworks and improper disposal. Fireworks and sparklers burn hot and exert an enormous amount of force and heat when detonated. When used properly, fireworks can be a fun and exciting way to celebrate the 4th this year and every year following.
But much like a grenade, fireworks can cause severe damage to your body as well as to surrounding property.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety has outlined the following useful tips to help you prevent injury and personal property damage when using fireworks:

KEEP AN EXTINGUISHER HANDY
Thousands of fires are caused by fireworks each year. An errant flight path or some hot debris can cause clothing, hair or surrounding areas to burst into flame without any notice. Having a firefighting tool ready and available will be your best chance at stopping a fire before it's out of control.

READ THE LABELS
Fireworks are labeled, but are you actually spending the time to read the instructions? Take a few extra minutes to read each label, and reassure yourself of the proper steps to take when preparing, lighting and disposing of each firework.

NEVER GIVE FIREWORKS TO CHILDREN
It’s never too early to think about promoting fireworks safety for children, and the best way to do this is to let them learn by watching. It might be tempting to let your children discover the wonderful world of fireworks early, but their limited dexterity and inclination toward a short attention span makes children and fireworks a dangerous combination.
Talk to your children about the dangers of fireworks, and help them to understand that they aren’t toys. An early knowledge about safety will last them a lifetime.

*A note about sparklers*
Sparklers are a cheap and entertaining way to get into the fireworks spirit, but they aren't harmless. The center of a sparkler can burn at up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, and its sparks can easily create a fire when ideal conditions are present.
To include kids in the fun and keep them engaged, we recommend using a glow stick instead. Glow sticks come in a variety of colors, and they're a long-lasting and safe way to enjoy the fun without the possibility of burns or fires.


DON'T MISTAKE FIREWORKS FOR TOYS

It's easy to forget that fireworks aren't toys with all of the fun they tend to provide. But fireworks aren't a game. Never light them while you're holding them, throw them, use them for target practice or play other kinds of games with them.





LIGHT ONLY ONE FIREWORK AT A TIME
Professional fireworks are fun and entertaining to watch, so it might be tempting to want to try your own hand at something similar. But lighting multiple fireworks at once is dangerous and requires professional experience and equipment. Never try to light a bundle or a row of fireworks in an attempt to create your own fascinating 4th of July display.

Firework fuses burn at different rates, and hurrying through the process of lighting them all is a recipe for disaster.



DON'T LIGHT FIREWORKS WHILE INTOXICATED

Enjoying a cold one with friends or family is a natural part of a good 4th of July celebration, but if you've had a few too many, you may start taking risks you otherwise wouldn't normally take. Couple that impaired judgment with reduced balance and you're likely to end up a holiday statistic.








DON'T RELIGHT FIREWORKS
It's a common occurrence among fireworks purchased at roadside stands or online:
One or more of your fireworks won't light or won't explode. If you have a dud in your collection, wait 20 minutes, douse it in water, and then throw it away.


DON'T MAKE YOUR OWN FIREWORKS
You may have found some easy instructions online for creating your own fireworks extravaganza, but combining powerful chemicals and igniting them without proper testing is dangerous and results in many devastating injuries every year. Fireworks sold in stores undergo rigorous testing and abide by many predefined safety laws to ensure that, when properly used, injuries are unlikely to occur. The firework you'll create in your garage could cost you more than a few dollars in ingredients.
We hope that these fireworks safety tips provide you with the knowledge necessary to use fireworks properly and without incident this holiday weekend and beyond.

If you'd like to share a story with us or provide your own tips or cautionary tales, we're here to listen. Simply use the comment box below!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Safety Hacks for Everyone

Being prepared for any situation is the ideal scenario, but it's hardly always the reality. Life is full of surprises that range from neat or exhilarating to mildly annoying and, of course, downright awful. Preparing for the big stuff can take time and might require more time and money than you're prepared to spend. But whether you're already prepared for the big emergencies or you're still in the process of making a list, here are a few of our favorite easy safety tips that everyone should know today.



Make Your Own Rehydrating Solution 

An oral rehydration solution (or ORS) can be purchased at most pharmacies, and you might even have a few packages stocked away in your safety kit already, but did you know that the recipe for a DIY ORS requires just a couple of ingredients?

If you or a loved one are struck with serious vomiting or diarrhea, or if you've lost water rapidly through severe sweating caused by high temperatures or above-average strenuous activity, rehydrating properly is vital. Water alone will dilute bodily fluids and compromise the body’s internal balance of electrolytes and sugars, which is where a rehydration solution comes in.


Dehydration is marked by dark yellow or brownish urine, decreased or absent urination, thirst, headache, dry or hot skin, dizziness, confusion, and lethargy. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, especially in conjunction with vomiting or diarrhea, a rehydration solution is likely necessary.

To prepare your own ORS, all you need is salt, sugar and clean water. To make 4 cups of ORS, combine 6 teaspoons of sugar with .5 teaspoons of salt. Note that the ratio of sugar to salt is 12:1 - keep this ratio in mind in the event that measuring utensils aren't available and you have to guess.

Remember that although sugar is added to our solution, dehydration cannot be tackled using sugar alone. Therefore, it is important to avoid juices, sodas or other sugary drinks when dehydrated. Known diuretics such as tea, coffee, energy drinks and alcohol should also be avoided at all costs to prevent further dehydration.



Forget the Tweezers or the Needle

We've all been there: while walking barefoot, doing yard work or moving furniture, you hit a snag, literally. A small splinter of wood gets lodged in your palm, the tip of your finger or in the ball of your foot. It's painful, but so is the thought of digging it out with a pair of tweezers or a needle.

Don't worry; you're not the first to think so. Plenty of independent research has been done on the removal of splinters, from soaking the area to applying common household items or even foods.
While we can't back many of these claims with our own experiences, we do know that there are two common household products that will work in most cases for painless splinter removal without the use of tweezers or needles.

Glue

To utilize this method for extraction of splinters, first you must ensure that your glue is non-toxic. Furniture glue, wood glue, superglue or rubber cement are not options here.

Examine the direction in which the splinter has inserted itself
Apply a thin layer of glue to cover the entire area
Wait for the glue to dry
Peel the layer of glue off in the same direction as the splinter is inserted
Wash the area with soap and warm water
Cover the area with Neosporin and a Band-Aid if necessary



This trick is especially helpful with small children who will likely squirm or fuss even at just the site of tweezers or a needle and are familiar with the benign qualities of glue.


Duct Tape


You've always had your suspicions, and this seems to confirm it: Duct tape will fix anything.
The beauty behind using duct tape to remove splinters is that you're likely already well stocked whereas tweezing or sewing may simply not be your style.

Using duct tape to remove your splinter works a lot in the same way as using glue.


Examine the direction in which the splinter has inserted itself
Apply a strip of duct tape to the area
Ensure the duct tape is making proper contact with your finger, but avoid pressing down unnecessarily to make sure the splinter stays intact and doesn't splinter further
Peel the tape off in the same direction as the splinter is inserted
Wash the area with soap and warm water
Cover the area with Neosporin and a Band-Aid if necessary



Increase Your Visibility

Whether you're in your own neighborhood or trekking through unknown territory, we believe that the best way to take yourself out of harm's way before you're in it is to remain visible. From reflective clothing to LED lighting, there are plenty of easy and affordable options that will have motorists looking twice before turning into you.


If you're a regular walker, runner or cyclist, we recommend that you equip yourself with highly visible safety gear such as a vest, reflective strips or LED lighting you can clip onto belts, hats or backpacks.

*Don't Forget Fido

If you're a dog owner, it's likely that at least one of your daily walks occurs in dim, poor or no lighting. Ensure that everyone is seen well in advance by equipping your pooch with an LED of its own or a reflective collar or harness!



Know Your Surroundings

It's true in all scenarios: Knowing where you are in respect to your surroundings can be life-saving. From hiking adventures to walking alone at night, we take the proper precautions to ensure that we remain well aware of where we are.

But many of us have come accustomed to the idea of the inevitable blind spot while we're on the road. Your blind spot can easily keep other motorists and cyclists out of your line of sight, creating the perfect opportunity for a tragedy.

Many newer cars already come equipped with a blind spot mirror, but you don't have to trade in your vehicle just yet to create a safer ride for yourself and for other motorists. Self-adhesive blind spot mirrors are available at major auto shops, Sears and even through Groupon. Their low cost and easy installation makes this a smart investment all around.



Become a First-Aid Expert

First-aid can be as easy as 1-2-3, and being equipped to handle a minor emergency is one of our favorite hacks of all. Knowing proper first-aid will prepare you to deal with burns, cuts, bone breaks and more. SOS Survival Products offers a variety of first-aid courses as well as other workshops at affordable costs. You'll learn the basics needed to respond to the most common first-aid emergencies, and upon completion you receive a two-year American Red Cross Certification.

*Did You Know

You can create a splint for broken bones from common household items?

From hiking and skiing to everyday trampoline accidents, broken bones are common injuries, especially in children. While a homemade splint is not a remedy for a broken bone, creating a splint will allow you to stabilize a broken bone to prevent further damage and unnecessary pain en route to the hospital.


To create a splint, you'll need a rigid object that's slightly longer than the length of the affected limb.

Your splint will need to rest on the joint below the injury as well as the joint above it.
You will also need some items to tie the splint in place. Gauze works great, but so do shoe laces, belts or duct tape. Keeping in mind that the limb may swell, fasten the splint tightly enough to immobilize the limb, but ensure that circulation isn't compromised.

Periodically check for abnormal coloring that's pale or blueish, and ask the patient if the limb feels tingly.


Being prepared for the large and the small, living proactively and knowing how to use everyday objects for your benefit are some of the best skills a person can have.

We'd love to hear how you have improved your wellbeing and benefited from your favorite everyday DIY safety hacks. Comment below to share your story, your tips or your question!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Water Safety



May is National Water Safety Month, and SOS Survival Products is here to remind you about the dos and don'ts of swimming, boating and other recreational water activities. Whether you prefer to spend your summers lounging by the pool or beach or you're ready to hitch up the boat or jet ski for a trip to the lake, equipping yourself with proper water safety knowledge is a must.

Drowning happens fast and silently. The CDC reports that between 2005 and 2014, an average of 3,536 deaths per year occurred from accidental drownings. Roughly one in five drowning victims this year will be 15 or younger. 
Don't become a statistic. There are ways in which you can prepare yourself and your family. Learn water safety now, follow the rules closely, and get ready to enjoy a fun and safe summer.


DON'T SWIM ALONE
You've heard it before, but we stand behind this rule 100 percent. By buddying up, you statistically increase your chances of being noticed should your safety suddenly be in danger. So make swimming with a buddy your number one rule for water safety, whether you're taking a dip in the pool or you're planning something more adventurous.

SWIM IN DESIGNATED AREAS
Swimming in areas that are potentially hazardous will unfortunately render the buddy system ineffective. If you and your swimming partner are both caught in an undertow, a sudden tidal change or swept away by a strong, unseen current, neither will be of help to the other — a terrifying and deadly situation. Avoid isolated and non-designated areas with which you aren't familiar in order to avoid being caught off guard.

DON'T CLIFF JUMP OR DIVE
With the exception of designated locations and tourist attractions, we recommend you leave this activity where it belongs: in the movies. Without a dinosaur at your heels, the act of cliff diving simply amounts to you voluntarily throwing yourself off rocks into another set of rocks. While exhilarating, without a proper knowledge of the area, cliff diving can result in serious injuries and death.

DON'T LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED
As a parent, you're already aware of the dangers of drowning, but we believe this point is worth driving home. Drowning is a silent killer. Forget what you think you've learned from beach dramas and soap operas; the signs of drowning aren’t apparent. Drowning victims don't flail, thrash or scream because complete submersion occurs in seconds. Don't be distracted by your phone, a conversation or a daydream. Keep an eye on your child(ren) at all times.

BE AWARE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
A sudden change in weather can ruin a trip to the beach and can be devastating if you're planning on boating this summer. Always check the weather before leaving and stay up to date on changing weather conditions while out. Drops in temperature, heavy rains and increased wind speeds can quickly turn your boating trip into a disaster.

WEAR A LIFE JACKET
As adults, we've become accustomed to the idea that life jackets are for small children and those who can't swim. But in the wrong conditions, boating without a life jacket can be the equivalent of jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Moving water contains an unimaginable force, and oceans and lakes are crossed by strong and unseen currents that can be difficult to navigate. Because of this, we recommend that unless you've dropped anchor in calm waters, you keep your life jacket on and follow other recommended boating safety tips at all times.

PREVENT DEHYDRATION
Dehydration can happen quickly and unnoticed. We lose an average of about 3 liters (or 3 quarts) of water per day through breathing, sweating and urinating. A few hours in the warm sun combined with swimming, volleyball or other recreational activities can cause dehydration quickly, even when you may not feel particularly hot or thirsty. Once dehydration has set in, you may experience loss of balance, headaches and confusion. Make adequate fluid intake a vital part of your pool and beach safety plan by drinking water regularly, even if you aren't thirsty, and avoiding sugary drinks like juice or soda.

DON'T DRINK AND SWIM
A margarita by the pool, a cold beer while tubing or a glass of wine while boating — swimming and alcohol tend to want to go together like s'mores and camping. But when combining the effects of alcohol with a prolonged exposure to sun and heat, drinking in or near water can have devastating effects. Impaired judgement sets in quickly, allowing you to take risks you wouldn't normally take. Decreased balance combined with increased carelessness can quickly result in a tumble overboard and the inability to know which way is up. Don't risk injury or death. Swim now, drink later.

LEARN CPR
No matter what your plans are this summer, we recommend you make CPR a part of your knowledge repertoire. CPR is easy to learn, easy to perform and it can help save lives. Don't find yourself unprepared in the event of a drowning accident or injury, and ensure you are prepared anytime should a family member, friend or neighbor require your assistance.

From lounging and tubing to adventurous sports and boating, summer provides the perfect opportunity for a variety of water-related activities. Stay safe throughout them all with these water safety tips from SOS Survival Products.