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Summer Safety Tips

Summer is here! That means fireworks, grilling, and lake time. While these summer staples are all great fun they come with the potential for hazards. Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross and our team to ensure you have a fun and safe summer.


Everyone has a “that could have been bad” fireworks story. Let’s avoid those kinds of stories with some simple firework safety tips: 

  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never point fireworks towards people, animals, or buildings 
  • Always store them in dry, dark locations out of the reach of children and animals
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Respect firework laws in your area


Nothing beats corn on the cob and a fresh burger off the grill. Being grill smart will ensure that your family barbeque stays memorable for the right reasons: 

  • Never grill inside a garage or house or on a balcony 
  • Always have someone keeping an eye on the grill
  • Don’t add lighter fluid to grill if coals have already been lit
  • Keep children and animals away from grill at all times
  • Make sure grill is not too close to buildings or trees
  • Use grill tools that have extra long handles 
  • Clean grill to avoid fires 
  • Keep grill shut while using 


During the summer months, a lake or pool is a great reprieve from the heat. Avoid swimming mishaps by following these pointers: 

  • Never swim alone
  • Have younger swimmers wear life jackets
  • Always supervise children around water
  • Check water before jumping off any surface
  • Swim in areas with lifeguards
  • Take a CPR class
  • Know the signs of drowning
    • Person will be silent
    • Head will most likely be back 
    • Arms will be reaching across the surface of the water
    • Eyes closed or glossy
    • Gasping
    • Hair flung over eyes or face
  • Dump out kiddie pools or cover pools when you’re done using them


Vitamin D is a huge perk of the summer sun. While you want a few rays, you don’t want too many. Keep you and your loved ones sun safe with these tips: 

  • Always pack sunscreen
  • Put on sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outside
  • Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day
  • Avoid being outside during the midday when the sun is the strongest
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses and SPF shirts to limit face exposure
  • Keep hydrated and always bring a water bottle with you


There’s nothing like a cool breeze whipping past as you speed across your favorite Minnesota lake. Here are some boating safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Never drink and drive a boat
  • Always wear a life jacket
  • Avoid propeller area
  • Be aware of the weather
  • Store paddles on board in case you have an engine malfunction 
  • Keep plenty of snacks and water on board
  • Bring charged cell phone
  • Respect boating rules
  • Have proper lights installed and use them at night

Did we miss anything? Let us know! We hope by following these tips, you and your family/friends have a safe and fun-filled time! If you need anything, your Fairview Range team is always here to help. Our Emergency Department in Hibbing is open 24/7 and our Urgent Care, located adjacent to the Emergency Department, is open every day 9 a.m.-10 p.m., including weekends and holidays. 


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