Enjoy Your Summer, Safely

Warm weather has arrived in Vermont, and the mountains are lush and green. Swimming, hiking, biking, grilling, sports and even outdoor projects 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.

Sun Safety

Vermont has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the U.S. However, most skin cancers can be prevented. Follow these tips to be sun smart when playing and working outdoors: 

  • Apply a thick layer of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days. 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.

Free Sunscreen Dispensers

To make sun safety easier, you'll find free sunscreen dispensers in many Vermont State and local parks. Scroll down the list to find one near you.

Town or CityCountyLocation Year Started
BristolAddisonTown of Bristol Recreation Field2023
North BenningtonBenningtonLake Paran2023
ArlingtonBenningtonArlington Lion's Club Pavillion in Arlington Recreation Park2024
LyndonvilleCaledoniaPowers Park2023
MiltonChittendenMilton Family Park, Cathedral Sqare Elm Place2024
St. AlbansFranklinSt. Albans Drop-in Center, Spectrum Youth and Family Services2023
St. AlbansFranklinHard'ack Recreation Area2023
St. AlbansFranklinSt. Albans Town Bay Park2023
EnosburghFranklinEnosburgh Public Library2024
HighgateFranklinHighgate Parks and Recreation Sports Arena2024
SwantonFranklinSwanton Public Library2024
Grand IsleGrand IsleCamp Ta-Kum-Ta Pool2024
MorristownLamoilleLamoille Family Center2024
BradfordOrangeElizabeth's Park2024
BartonOrleansBarton Community Giving Garden2024
NewportOrleansCity of Newport Prouty Beach Campground2024
NewportOrleansNorth Country Hospital - The Wellness Center2024
CraftsburyOrleansCraftsbury Outdoor Center2024
RutlandRutlandRutland Town Northwood Pool2023
CastletonRutlandCrystal Beach2023
BarreWashingtonBarre City Rotary Park - Municipal Swimming Pool2023
MorrisvilleLamoilleLamoille Integrated Services Center2024
BarreWashingtonGreen Mountain Community Fitness2024
BrattleboroWindhamRetreat Farm - Farmhouse Square Entrance2023
BrattleboroWindhamTown of Brattleboro - Living Memorial Park2023
BrattleboroWindhamWinston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development2024
SpringfieldWindsorEdgar May Health and Recreation Center2024
RutlandRutlandCity of Rutland White Memorial Park & Pool2023

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Summer Weather

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.

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Swim Safe

Here is some useful information about recreational water quality, swimming hole safety, how to prevent swimming-related illnesses, and what you need to know to identify and avoid potentially toxic cyanobacteria.

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You can learn about water safety with an American Red Cross class and find out about swim classes for your youngster.


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Pests and Plants

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

Enjoy Your Summer Eats Safely

It's a great time for picnics and barbeques and food cooked 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.

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