Summer Safety! Published April 18, 2014 By Airman 1st Class Tori Schultz 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. -- It's that time of the year for beaches, pools, and water fun! Summer activities can be an exciting time for both children and adults; however, while enjoying summer, everyone should be weary of hazards. When planning for a day outside in the sun and water, safety should be a consideration for everyone involved. Sun exposure can be major concern during the summer. Overexposure to the sun can damage the skin and cause skin cancer. To avoid overexposure, make sure to wear sunscreen that has a sun protection factor of at least 15 or higher and reapply every two hours. A wide brim-hat can keep your head and face cool, and wear a long sleeve shirt at all times. Pool safety is also equally important when it comes to potential hazards during the summer. The three main aspects of pool safety are barriers around the pool, close supervision of young children, and preparation for emergencies. Do not leave children who cannot swim unattended even if they are not in the water. Make sure to have life preservers handy and keep rescue equipment and a phone near the pool. For both children and adults learning how to swim is a big factor in staying safe at the pool or beach. Safety while operating a personal watercraft is important for all passengers. When operating a personal watercraft, personal flotation devices are required. The recommended minimum operator age is 16. Ensure that you attach the engine shut-off cord to your wrist and keep away from intake grate while the engine is running. Do not apply the throttle when anyone is at the rear of the craft and avoid aggressive maneuvers. Never operate a PWC after consuming drugs or alcohol. Summer is a great time for family and friends to enjoy the sun and play in the water. Following simple safety tips can help keep everyone safe and out of harm's way.