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Summer Safety Tips

 

We would like to welcome you to our summer

safety page. Summer activities are extremely

enjoyable if performed with safety

Browse through our safety tips and have a

safe and wonderful summer.

 

Bicycling
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Hiking
Motorcycles
Rock Climbing
Skateboarding

Scuba Diving

Swimming
Waterskiing

    BICYCLING SAFETY
Maintain your bicycle in good working order

 Be as visible as possible to others

 Learn the skills needed to control your bike

Cycle in traffic safely and predictably

 Know and obey the rules of the road

    A few quality Bicycling links

Bicycling Life One of the most comprehensive bike sites on the net

Bicycling Magazine

Cycling

Bike Manufacturers If you need to find a link to any bike manufacturer

   

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    BOATING SAFETY

Take a boating safety class offered by your local Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary or Red Cross.

Know your boat's load limit, and don't exceed it. A safe boat is a well-equipped boat. Always carry the necessary safety gear.....and know how to use it.

Knowing how to swim just makes good sense if you spend time on the water. If you don't know how, LEARN. However, even good swimmers do not always survive the shock or panic of sudden immersion in cold water.

Keep lifejackets visible and accessible.......and never make someone feel uncomfortable if they choose to wear a life jacket.

Learn "the rules of the road".....and obey them!

  A few quality boating links

    CHARCOAL GRILL SAFETY

Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when it is burned.

CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments.

Each year about 30 people die and 100 are injured as a result of CO fumes from charcoal grills and hibachis used inside.

Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers.

Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.

Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Burning charcoal inside can kill you. It gives off carbon monoxide, which has no odor. NEVER burn charcoal inside homes, vehicles or tents.

A few quality Charcoal grill links

    GAS GRILL SAFETY

Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable.

Each year about 30 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions.

Many of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container.

To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers should routinely perform the following safety checks:

Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.

Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.

Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.

If you can't move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.

Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.

Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions

 if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container.

 If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.

Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.

Never use a grill indoors.

Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building.

 Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.

Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself.

See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.

 Consumers should use caution when storing LP gas containers.

Always keep containers upright.

Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.

Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill. To avoid accidents while transporting LP gas containers,

 consumers should transport the container in a secure, upright position.

 Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve

 and allow gas to escape.

Consumers should use extreme caution and always follow manufacturer's instructions when connecting or disconnecting LP gas containers.

Grills manufactured after October 1, 1995, are required to have three additional safety features to eliminate leak hazards:

 A device to limit the flow of gas in the event of hose rupture

 A mechanism to shut-off the grill

 A  feature to prevent the flow of gas if the connection between the tank and the grill is not leak proof.

  Consumers should consider purchasing grills that have these safety features.
 

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   HIKING SAFETY

 A few quality Hiking links

   MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

Before each ride you should check the following

The horn works.

Head lamp, break lights, indicator lights and number plate lights are clean and work. Always carry spare bulbs as vibration can have an adverse effect on bulbs causing them to have much shorter lives than would be expected.

Oil, brake fluid, water and battery acid are not leaking. Top off as required.

Flexible brake pipes are not cracked or bulging.

All control cables operate smoothly. look for signs of rust, broken strands and nipples pulling off the cable. Make sure none are trapped or pinched. Lubricate as needed.

Brakes are working properly.

Tire pressure is set to the recommended setting for the machine, remembering that the pressure will need to be adjusted when carrying a passenger.

Tires are not damaged by stones in the tread, or cuts and bulges in the side walls. A burst tire could cause a fatal accident. Make sure that the tire has at least 1mm of tread over 3/4 of the tire width and throughout the entire circumference of the tire and is free from uneven wear.

Make sure the drive chain and sprockets are not worn and that the chain is not stretched. Also ensure that the chain is lubricated at least weekly.

There is no undue play in the steering head, and that there is free movement from lock to lock.

The wheels are true (not out of alignment) and there is no play on the bearings. Be vigilant for loose spokes.

The front forks are not leaking oil from the oil seals. Test the suspension by pushing down on the machine. Adjust the rear suspension to suit your weight or when needed to suit carrying a passenger.

The swinging arm bushes are not worn and grease as required.

All nuts and bolts are tight and that spilt pins are in place in both front and rear wheel spindles.

There are no fuel leaks.

Motorcycle Clothing

You should buy the best clothing that you can afford. It should be well insulated to keep you warm and provide waterproof protection. You clothing should be highly visible. Buy bright or fluorescent clothing with reflective patches alternatively you can wear a reflective belt and sash combination or fluorescent reflective over waist coat. Good motorcycle clothing must be able to stand up to the abrasion caused by falling off you bike

Many good makes of gloves are available. Obtain a pair that are strong, waterproof and warm.

Leathers, should be strong and waterproof. A waterproof over jacket can be bought to wear in winter.

Boots should be long enough to protect your ankles and should also be strong, waterproof and warm.

Being Seen

In many of the collisions involving cars, the drivers claim not to have seen the motorcyclist. This applies equally in the day light as night time. It is easy for a motorcyclist to be obscured by a tree, lamp post or pedestrians from a driver coming out of a junction. Therefore:

Stay well back from the vehicle in front to give better visibility of the road ahead and to allow other road users to see you.

Wear bright/fluorescent or reflective clothing.

Make sure headlamps tail lights and indicators are clean.

Wear a white or brightly colored helmet.

Brakes and stopping distance

Apply brakes gently except in an emergency. Apply front brake first fractionally before applying the rear brake, this gives more stability, control and stopping power

 A few quality Motorcycle links

Harley-Davidson Home of the Harley. Nice looking site with product info, merchandise and a section on the Harley Davidson experience.

 

Custom Bike  Custom built and modified bikes.

BikersWeb Good content here. Good section on motor biking shows and events with extensive picture galleries.

 

Motorcycle News website for the magazine of the same name, The site covers every area of motor biking, with a massive range of content. One of the best, with good discussion boards. galleries and other sections on customizing tips, discussion forums, supplier index and more.

Motorcycle USA US based site with fantasy racing, a comprehensive bike specs and reviews, and news from the AMA Pro Racing, World Super bike and Moto GP seasons.

 

 

Motorbikes4U sponsors of the British Super bike Championship. Good content with motorbike racing news, bike tests & reviews, biking legends and an inline shop.

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   ROCK CLIMBING SAFETY

 A few quality Climbing links

Rock Climbing

   
     
     

   SKATEBOARDING SAFETY

Never ride in the street.

Don't take chances:

Complicated tricks require careful practice and a specially designed area

Only one person per skateboard

Never hitch a ride from a car, bus, truck, bicycle, etc.

Learning how to fall in case of an accident may help reduce your chances of being seriously injured.

If you are losing your balance, crouch down on the skateboard so that you will not have so far to fall.

In a fall, try to land on the fleshy parts of your body.

If you fall, try to roll rather than absorb the force with your arms.

Even though it may be difficult, during a fall try to relax your body, rather than stiffen.

A few quality Skateboarding links

Skateboard Science

 

Skateboard.com

     
 

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     SCUBA DIVING SAFETY

A few quality Scuba Diving links

Dive Buddy

 

Scubaduba

Divernet

 

Padi

Diveweb

 

ScubaDiving.com

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    SWIMMING SAFETY

Whether at the beach or in the backyard, there are rules to follow to make swimming as safe and injury-free as possible. One of the most obvious is to learn how to swim. In addition, use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device, but never as a substitute for knowing how to swim.

The more accessible these objects are, the easier it will be for swimmers to rely on one if they begin to struggle. And remember, air-filled rafts and tubes are not considered actual safety devices or

Another water-related guideline -- prohibit alcohol consumption -- is crucial. Alcohol is a "major factor" in drowning. It reduces body temperature and impairs swimming ability. It also impairs judgment, inducing people to take risks they wouldn't otherwise take.

Lastly, families with pools should have an action plan ready in case of an emergency. Think through an emergency and practice what to do until help arrives.

AVOID DIVING INJURES

Diving into unfamiliar water is a major reason for aquatic-associated spinal injuries. The easiest tip to remember regarding water safety is never dive into any unknown water.

Erik Knapp's most distinctive childhood memory of the swimming pool is when he dove into the shallow water of a hotel pool on a family vacation. "I was 9 years old, and I was really anxious to get in the water," Knapp says. "I dove right into two-feet of water and cracked my head open. I had to get six stitches."

Parents should encourage their children to "stop, watch and walk into the water, because "perhaps more than any other trauma injury, [spinal injuries] can have severe lifelong consequences."

Pool- and beach-goers should take even the most unlikely precautions. In June 1998, as many as a dozen children were contaminated with the E. coli bacteria at an Atlanta water park, and one child died. The incident marked the first time that E. coli was reported in a public pool, and it was believed to have been caused by a sick child with diarrhea. According to the National Spa and Pool Institute, chlorine and other disinfectants generally destroy bacteria, but the levels should be monitored and should adhere to state standards. Additionally, toddlers should wear swim diapers designed to contain urine and feces.

Slop on the sunscreen
In the summer, the sun's rays are hard to avoid, but there are steps you can take. The American Cancer Society suggests "Slip! Slop! Slap!" First, slip on a shirt, preferably made of "tightly woven fabrics" that block the sun's permeation. Next, 20 minutes before going outside, slop on sunscreen with a skin protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. However, never apply sunscreen to children under 6 months of age. Instead, limit the time they spend in the sun, says Nyki Brandon Palermo, program manager for the National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center. Finally, slap on a hat -- one broad enough to shade the sensitive skin on your face, ears and neck.

A few quality Swimming links

American Red Cross

   
     
     

    WATERSKIING SAFETY

ALWAYS have an observer in the boat. This is a legal requirement in many states. The boat driver cannot watch the skier and operate the boat safely at the same time.

ALWAYS wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) designed for water skiing. Ski belts are NOT recommended. Your approved PFD will help keep you afloat.

Never ski in rough water. High waves or a choppy sea will prevent the tow boat from maintaining a steady course and speed.

Stay well clear of congested areas and obstructions. Water-skiing requires a lot of open area.

Don't spray or "buzz" swimmers, boats, or other skiers. Such stunts are dangerous, discourteous, and could cause an unintentional collision.

NEVER ski after dark. It is hazardous AND illegal. Any boat traveling fast enough to tow a skier is traveling too fast to navigate safely at night.

NEVER water-ski while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such activity is extremely dangerous because of the impairment to your judgment and ability to respond. A recent study conducted with expert skiers who were deliberately intoxicated indicated that even their ability to ski was dramatically reduced.

Use hand signals between the skier and observer. Agree before you start what each signal means so there is no confusion at a critical moment.

A few quality Waterskiing links

USAwaterski

   

Waterskionline

   

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