Summer Outdoor Safety at the Log Home

Although the sun beckons us, outdoor safety is important in the summer.

It’s no secret that log home owners live for the outdoors. Log homes seem especially at home in the wilderness and similarly attract those who love the great outdoors. With summer finally here, many of us are spending increased amounts of time outdoors. We thought this would be a great time to review some safety tips for the summer season. While summer may seem like a season with less safety hazards than the winter, every season has its risks that can be minimized with proper planning and care.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

While the longer days make it more appealing to be outside, they also mean that the sun is more likely to harm your body. To protect from UV rays and sunburn, hats and light but long-sleeve clothing are a great combination. Read reviews of sunscreen effectiveness before purchasing one, since some types are more effective than others. In general, sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as an active ingredient is more effective and less likely to cause allergic problems than other types.

Pergolas can provide some shade, but sunscreen is a must when out at the pool.

Make sure to stay hydrated while working outdoors. Water is good if you are exerting yourself for under an hour, but for longer periods of exertion sports drinks can be helpful in replenishing electrolytes. To prevent heat exhaustion, take frequent breaks out of the sun and heat and rehydrate as necessary.

Be Safe When Grilling

According to Allstate Insurance, there are around 7,500 out of control grill fires each year, causing $70 million in property damage. The leading cause of these fires was objects placed too close to the grill. Make sure your grill is away from your house and any flammable objects. Even if it doesn’t start a fire, the heat from the grill can cause damage to your house’s exterior if it is too close.

Keeping your grill or fireplace away from the home is an important safety point.

The largest share of injuries from operating a grill occur when lighting the fire. If you have a grill with electronic ignition, use it. If you need to light the grill with a match, a long-handled match holder is a good idea. For charcoal grills, a chimney is much better than using starter fluid, but if you use starter fluid do not add it to an existing fire.

Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaws can be very hazardous if not operated correctly, so make sure you know how to use them and follow the manual’s instructions. While we can’t cover all aspects of chainsaw safety here, we’ll note that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has found that around 80 percent of chainsaw injuries occur to the arms, hands, legs and feet. For this reason, it is highly recommended you wear clothing that protects these extremities. Kevlar reinforced gloves and chaps and steel toed boots are great choices when operating a chainsaw.

Of course, these safety tips are just the beginning of outdoor safety in the summer season. We hope all of you log home owners, and future log home owners, stay safe outdoors in this and all the coming years.