Summer safety tips


Warm weather has arrived in Vermont, and the mountains are lush and green again. Swimming at the local pool, hiking in the woods, grilling with friends, and traveling are activities that many people will do during the summer months. You can prevent illness and injuries while enjoying the outdoors by following some simple, yet important health and safety tips.

For Weather related questions call the National Weather Service at 802-862-8711 or visit for a complete forecast.

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Prevent Heat Illness

Extreme heat can lead to life-threatening emergencies.

Know how to recognize risk factors and respond to warning signs of heat illness, and learn what precautions to take when it's hot.

NEVER leave any children, pets or adults in a closed, parked vehicle.

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Keep Food Safe when Grilling

See more food safety information

Read "A Quick Consumer Guide to Safe Food Handling"

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Sun Safety

Shade. Clothing. Hat. Sunscreen. Sunglasses.

There is fun to be had in the sun, but it's important to protect your skin. Take these basic steps to protect yourself and your family against risk of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Learn more: Sun Safety information from CDC

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Keep Pesky Bugs Away

Don't let them bug you. Prevent mosquito-borne diseases.Insect Repellant Facts

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Avoid Bacteria and Pests at Your Picnic

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Avoid Poison Ivy

How to identify poison ivy

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Swim Healthy and Safe

Stay safe at swim holes. Image of woman leaning on a rock in water.9 Tips to Keep You Safe at the Swimming Hole this Summer PDF document
Stay Safe: If you plan to swim in a river or stream, use extreme caution and stay away from swift moving water. Heavy rain and flash flooding makes many swim holes, rivers and streams unpredictable and dangerous.

Healthy Recreational Waters

Summer Water Testing

Healthy Swimming (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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More information

For more information call the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Health Surveillance at 1-800-640-4374 (in Vermont) or 802-863-7240.