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Four tried and true tips for a safer summer

How to have a safer summer

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for outdoor recreation and travel. Family vacations, parties, barbecues, sporting events, beaches and other family outings are lots of fun but they can all increase the potential for accidents. There are, however, easy and useful things you can do right now to better protect your property and the people you care about.

Smart safety tips

Four ways you can help make your home and auto safer:

• Check your vehicle’s tires — Who said a penny isn’t valuable? Inspect your tires for unusual wear and use a penny to check tire tread. Place the penny headfirst into several tread grooves across the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, it’s time to get new tires.

• Use safe grilling practices — Only barbecue outdoors with grill placed away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep your grill clean — remove grease or fat buildup from the racks and in trays below the grill. Never leave your grill unattended and keep children and pets away from your cooking area.

• Inspect your swimming pool — With warmer weather arriving, it’s time to hit the pool. If your pool has been out of use for the winter, be sure all equipment is in proper working order before anyone goes in. Review the usual safety tips with youngsters and be sure: no one swims alone; there’s always a cordless phone or cellphone nearby; children stay away from drains, pipes or other openings. Consider taking a first aid/CPR class or renewing your certification to be sure you’re current.

Prepare for emergencies

If you don’t have an emergency plan, consider developing one now before an actual emergency happens. Every member of your household should know what to do in the event of a tornado, wildfire, hurricane, earthquake, flood or other disaster that may occur. For more information on disaster planning visit www.farmers.com

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