Summer safety with a splash of awareness

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  • By Shannon Hall
  • Air Force Wounded Warrior Program

School’s out, the sun is shining, and bags are being packed as families head out on vacation. Summer has officially arrived and AFW2 is providing some safety tips to ensure you, and your family, are prepared for some fun in the sun.

Summer means hot weather so be sure to drink plenty of water and keep extra around so that you, and your companions, don’t become dehydrated. Apply sun-tan lotion to help protect your skin from the heat and spend time in a shaded area. Know your limits, if you are getting dizzy or fatigued while being out in the sun find a place to rest, cool off and re-energize.

With hot weather, many people will find themselves around water. If you are going swimming, and are not a skilled swimmer, have the proper gear and always bring a buddy. It is best to not drink alcohol while swimming, as it impairs your cognitive and reactive skills. Also, it doesn’t hurt to know basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) procedures. You could help save a life by knowing what to do and by keeping an eye out for everyone around you. You may see something that others don’t.

If you are driving to your vacation destination, it is essential that your vehicle is up to date. Make sure the tires are in good condition, the air conditioning works and that you have plenty of gas. If driving a long way, be sure to get adequate rest before leaving and it’s beneficial to have someone in the front seat that can stay awake with you. If you get tired, turn the music to something fast and loud, pull over in a public area and take a necessary break and walk around.

This Summer things are a little different. Many businesses are still not open, but for those that are, please ensure to follow their safety guidelines in response to COVID-19. When hanging out on the beach or being in a public park still try to maintain a safe distance from others and if you’re feeling sick, stay home and take care of yourself.

AFW2 is still hosting virtual socials live on Facebook to help everyone cope during this time. Visit the program’s Facebook page to hear stories of resiliency and engage in wellness activities hosted by Air Force Wounded Warriors. For additional information, visit to refer an Airman to the program, read about the program’s mission, or learn about additional services offered to caregivers and families.