Summer Safety Tips

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Warm weather has arrived in Vermont, and the mountains are lush and green. Swimming at the local pool, hiking in the woods, biking, grilling with friends, sports and even the odd outdoor project are among the many Vermont summertime activities on our to-do lists! It is easy to prevent illness and injury while enjoying the outdoors if you follow some simple health and safety tips.


We'll enjoy many days when the weather is delightful. You will also want to be prepared for days that bring extreme heat or storms. Dress and pack for potential changes in weather. Tell people where you are going and bring plenty of water.

Sun Safety

Follow these tips to be sun smart when playing and working outdoors. The State of Vermont is helping to make it easy to stay safe in the sun! You can find free sunscreen dispensers at locations across Vermont.

Use a Layered Approach for Sun Protection
  • Apply a thick layer of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy or overcast days. Sunscreen works best when used with shade or clothes. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours. Umbrellas, trees, or other shelters can provide relief from the sun.
  • Be extra careful around surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays, like sand, water, and concrete.
  • Wear protective gear like a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays to protect your face and eyes. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants or a long skirt for additional protection. If that’s not practical, try wearing a t-shirt or a beach cover-up.
  • Skip the “base tan”. Indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. A tan indicates damage to your skin. Indoor tanning is designed to give you high levels of UV radiation in a short time.
Find Free Sunscreen Stations at These Sites

Vermont State Parks

  • Alburg Dunes State Park
  • Bomoseen State Park
  • Boulder Beach State Park
  • Branbury State Park
  • Burton Island State Park
  • Button Bay State Park
  • Camp Plymouth State Park
  • Crystal Lake State Park
  • Elmore State Park
  • Grand Isle State Park
  • Kamp Kill Kare State Park
  • Knight Point State Park
  • Lake St. Catherine State Park
  • Sand Bar State Park
  • Shaftsbury State Park
  • Silver Lake State Park
  • Waterbury Center State Park

City of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront

  • Burlington Waterfront - outside exercise equipment
  • Leddy Park
  • Oakledge Park
  • Skate Park

Middlebury Snow Bowl

Milton Recreation Department

  • Bombardier Park - multiple locations (sports fields, playground, pavilion)

Sugarbush Ski Area

Coming Soon!

Town of Barre - Municipal Swimming Pool

City of Montpelier - Montpelier Pool

Town of Northfield - Memorial Park Pool

The sunscreen stations are made possible through a grant to IMPACT Melanoma, a national nonprofit organization that provides education, prevention and support for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

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Learn More about Sun Safety

Swim Safe

Here is some useful information about recreational water quality, swimming hole safety and what you need to know to identify and avoid potentially toxic blue-green algae.

Insects and plants

Protect your comfort and health in the great outdoors by learning about a few insects and plants to watch out for.

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Enjoy Your Summer Eats Safely

It's a great time for picnics and barbeques and food coooked over a camp stove. No one wants to get sick in the summer, and these guidelines can help ensure your feasts are safe to eat.