Summer outdoor safety tips

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Delaware Township, Pike County, (WBRE/WYOU)  With summer here, many kids head outdoors to explore and have fun.  Experts have some summer safety tips.  Eyewitness News Reporter Dave Caulfield has some advice.

 Summer is a perfect time to enjoy northeastern Pennsylvania’s natural beauty–but, be careful…
While most plants you’ll come across are harmless–some, like this poison ivy–are not.
 
Sherri Bone is the director of group programing at the Pocono Environmental education center. She says while poison ivy may be a nuisance, treating it isn’t too difficult.
 

“The best thing you can do within 2-4 hours is wash it with soap and water briskly with a washcloth and you should have no problems.”
 
And those honeysuckle berries that look so good? Steer clear…
 
“Just because you see something that looks good, and its pretty, and you think oh, this would be great, don’t eat it!”
 
Your backyard, ticks are a small bug that can be a big problem.
 
They can all carry some disease. So it’s important to know what a tick looks like, what it might look like on your body, learn how to remove a tick and do a tick check every time you come back from a hike.
   Besides using caution when it comes to critters– be careful around any animals you might encounter in the wild.
 
“We talk about a rule of thumb, and the rule of thumb is if you can still see a lot of that animal behind your thumb, you’re too close.”
 
Make the most of out of the outdoors this summer–while still staying safe.
 

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