Summer has officially begun. Sun….surf…the beach….no school. Who doesn’t love the summer time? But as always, sometimes you need to plan ahead if you are going to stay safe. So before you head out and dive headlong into summer, you might want to consider taking some precautions. Here are 8 tips to help keep you and your love ones safe this summer.
1. Avoid the heat
As the weather warms up, it’s important to remember that heat can kill. When body temperatures exceed 104 degrees, heat strokes can occur.
The body will attempt to cool down through sweating. But when sweat isn’t cutting it, the body will begin to overheat. Heat exhaustion can quickly be followed by heat stroke. Heat stroke of course can be deadly. So here are a few symptoms of heat stroke:
- hot red skin
- a rapid pulse
Without treatment, shock will set in, major organs like the heart and brain will begin to swell, and death may occur. From 1999 to 2010, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 7,415 deaths were associated with exposure to heat, an average of 618 per year. Older men were disproportionately affected by heat — 68% of these deaths were among men, but heat stroke can also be deadly for the very young. This is especially true for infants. So keep them out of the sun altogether.
Arizona, California, and Texas “accounted for approximately 40% of all heat-related deaths in the United States” between 1999 and 2010, according to the CDC. A report from the National Resources Defense Council says that heat exhaustion and heat strokes will be a huge issue for this region this summer, especially as the drought wears on.
Summer is just around the corner. So for millions of Americans that means the beginning of “Beach” season. Whether they are headed to a lake, the ocean, or even a river, people love the water. It is a great vacation destination.
Though you might be on vacation, your preparedness should not be. The CDC reports over 3400 people a year drown in the US. Nine out of ten of those victims drown in inland waters, and had access to a flotation device but did not wear it. Why? A lack or preparedness and a lack of the use of safety equipment…..ie a life jacket.
Water Safety Equipment
There are 5 different types of flotation devices, with Type III life jacket being the most commonly worn. For simple outings on the water, where it is calm, these jackets do the trick. One thing to keep in mind is that they lack the ability to turn an unconscious person face up.
For longer outings in deeper waters, a Type I jacket is what I recommend. It can maintain buoyancy for much longer periods of time, and it will keep an unconscious person face up, preventing them from drowning.
Another device I would recommend for those on large bodies of water, (like an ocean), for long periods of time is an Aqualink Firefly. A waterproof strobe light that could help rescuers find you, especially at night. They also make one that sends out a radio distress beacon that can help rescuers pinpoint your location within a couple hundred meters.
Water Safety Skills and Knowledge
Your ability as a swimmer is one skill that many people either never consider, or vastly overestimate. Swimming in your backyard pool is not the same as emergency swimming at a lake or in the ocean. Your body will tire and fatigue much sooner than you think. So developing your swimming skill can be vitally important.
When you hear the word “Security” what word pops in your head? For some, they may think Paul Blart, Mall Cop. Others may think about the excruciatingly long lines at the airport. For preppers, I bet firearms are what spring to mind.
Nothing better than a Remington 870 shotgun for home security right?
While there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with those answers, very few stop to think about security as a whole. There is more to a security plan than just a 12 gauge shotgun or Glock. Whether it is your home, your homestead, or a large company, security has three parts or stages. Each subsequent stage is predicated upon the previous stage.
When it comes to questionable or even illicit behavior, most humans tend to look at the risk versus reward aspects of their actions. Are the potential payoffs worth the possible hassles, headaches, and trouble?
All but the most psychologically warped individuals will try to weigh those factors in their heads before determining a course of action. The less the perceived reward, or the greater the risk for the bad guy, then the less the chance of bad guy(s) attempting to breach your security. That makes this the most important element of the three.
Why is deterrence the most important? Because if you can deter the bad guys, then you won’t need to rely on the other two elements.
Millions of people worldwide use Craigslist to buy and sell products and services – from appliances to zombie preparedness products, visitors can also find services such as housekeepers, babysitters, and job opportunities. While most transactions occur safely and legitimately, criminals may use Craigslist as a vehicle to commit a wide range of crimes, including robbery, identify theft, sexual assault and even murder.
Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, items for sale, items wanted, services, and discussion forums. Craigslist became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 50 countries.
Craigslist was founded by Craig Newmark in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A Few Interesting Craigslist Stats:
- Total number of local Craigslist sites – 700
- Number of countries that have a local Craigslist site – 70
- Number of Craigslist daily queries worldwide – 50,000,000
- Total percentage of all Craigslist revenue that comes from adult service ads – 33 %
- Number of new classified ads that are published on Craiglist every month – 40 million
- Number of used car ads viewed on Craigslist – 9.2 million
- Number of page views Craigslist gets every month – 20 billion
- Number of Americans who use Craigslist each year – 50 million
- Number of job listings posted to Craigslist each month – 1 million
As a youth, I was actively involved in the Boy Scouts, which is where I learned the importance of being prepared. “Be Prepared” is of course the Boy Scout motto. That mindset transitioned with me into my career as a law enforcement officer.
As a police officer, I teach people the importance of being prepared and staying safe. Not necessarily for the end of the world, but how to protect themselves from crime, or how to be prepared and what to expect should they find themselves a victim of crime.
Chances are that at some time in your life you, a family member, or a friend has been a victim of a crime. It is a very unfortunate part of not just our society, but our species. Because of that, I want to convey some general tips and steps you can do to protect yourself.
The most important tip is to always be aware of your surroundings. Stop texting for a moment and take in what is going on around you. Criminals prey on those who look lost, distracted, and/or weak. So pay attention to your environment. Appear confident. Act like you are in control and are moving with a purpose. Don’t look like an easy target!
There are tens of thousands of muggings and assaults every year in the US. I mentioned that remaining alert and paying attention to your surroundings is a good way to help prevent being attacked. Here are a few tips to help you avoid becoming a victim:
- When exiting a building heading to your car, have they key you need to unlock your door already in your hand. Don’t be distracted at your car by fumbling around in your purse or pocket for your car keys.
- Criminals look for victims that appear to have money or valuables. Avoid wearing flashy, expensive items. Or at least be discrete with them. Carrying large sums of money is not a great idea for obvious reasons.
- Avoid using ATMs when alone and/or at night. If you need to use one, try to find one in a busy area like a grocery store. Thieves HATE witnesses!
- Stick to well-populated areas. If you are visiting or new to the area, try to learn about the area before venturing out into the unknown.