Water safety tips for summer

Summer is here! While that’s extremely exciting, we want to make sure everyone takes safety precautions when heading out to the water. Some of you might think, “It’s just water. How can it hurt me?” 

The truth is, water is one of the most powerful elements on the planet. Swimming and boating accidents occur more than most people think. Your safety and life are important to us, and what better way to kick off summer than to share a few safety tips to protect you, your family, and your friends?

Swimming safety tips

People of all ages can enjoy swimming, and all should take necessary precautions when you’re in the water. This information will vary depending on what type of water you’re swimming in, whether it be a pool, lake, beach, etc.

  • Never leave a child unattended near water
  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets that properly fit
  • Have appropriate equipment (life float, life jacket, first aid kit, and cell phone)
  • Look before jumping or diving into water
  • Stay within your abilities
  • Try not to swim alone in larger bodies of water
  • Don’t swim under the influence
  • Watch for bad weather
  • Be aware of nearby signs that contain rules or warnings
  • Don’t run on slick ground

Boating safety tips

Who doesn’t love taking their boat out and enjoying the summer heat? Most boating accidents can be preventable with a few simple precautions.

  • Don’t get behind the wheel of a boat if you’re under the influence
  • Wear a life jacket (Check your state’s regulations. All states require children to wear life jackets)
  • Follow up on your state’s boating laws
  • Document where you’re going and when you plan to return
  • Perform a pre-boating safety check to ensure everything is working and you have enough gas in your tank
  • Watch for bad weather
  • Keep a safe distance from swimmers and be courteous
  • Shut off your engine when people are boarding or exiting
  • Don’t let anyone sit where they could potentially fall out of the boat

Other summer safety tips

Summer safety tips don’t only pertain to boating and swimming. There are plenty of other precautions you should take during summertime.

  • Beat the heat by drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen
  • Keep bug spray on hand to deter mosquitoes, which can cause a number of illnesses
  • Never light fireworks near people, especially children, as well as buildings and animals
  • If bicycling, wear proper gear, including bright clothing and a helmet

These are only a few safety precautions to take during the summer! Keep in mind that safety varies depending on what you’re doing, where you’re going, and who you’re with. Enjoy the summer weather, but always plan ahead and take necessary precautions to protect yourself and anyone around you.

Joan Curtis

Co-owner/Licensed Agent

What do you enjoy most about working at MVP Insurance?

I love working with such an amazing team!  As an owner here, I get the blessing of choosing who I get to work with every day, and I have to say I would put our team up against any!  We are blessed to have people who put service before self daily!  Second, I love that we get to honor God with what we do here.  I don’t want to live a day without the Lord being a part of our business.  I believe that is one of the biggest reasons we have been successful in this industry!

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or Song?

My favorite Movie – Is Pride and Prejudice (2005)

My favorite song is . . . all of them!  I love all music except for maybe Death Metal!

My favorite book series that I have read recently is “The Prison Healer” series by Lynette Noni.  I love listening to young adult fiction the best.  Gets me out of my head and I get to take mini adventures with the characters.

Another series I really enjoyed was “Legend” by Marie Lu.  Both have amazing character development and unique surprises. A business book that I recently listened to that was amazing was Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.


What is your Favorite Quote or Scripture?

Colossians 3:4 “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”  This is one of God’s promises when you live for the Lord, not everyone will understand that, and that’s okay, I am not for everybody.  I am for the ONE!

What is your dream Vacation?

My dream vacation would be to travel in the Mediterranean with my husband and all my kids and their families, for like 3 months and really get to experience the culture and the beauty there.

Blythe Donovan

Licensed Agent

How did you get into Insurance?

I got into insurance in 2019 because God told me this was my next step when I came in to meet with Brent and Joan for the first time! I love being an insurance agent because I get to help educate people and help protect families. I love my job for so many reasons, but mostly because I work with incredible people, both at MVP and with the relationships I form with clients and referral partners.

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or Song?

I don’t know if I can choose an actual favorite, because I love so many things in life! But the song that brings me the most joy currently is Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World medley by IZ, with the ukulele. I love the words, the hopeful message, and I tend to always find the silver lining or the other side of the rainbow in every situation. I am an incurable optimist and joy seeker!

What is your Favorite Quote or Scripture?

My favorite scripture is Ephesians 3:20, God is able to do exceedingly, and abundantly, more than we can ask or imagine!

What is your dream Vacation?

My dream vacation is a quiet place in the mountains! My husband and I took a belated honeymoon to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and it was a slice of heaven on earth! My ideal day would be spent outdoors, enjoying wildflowers, the sound of a river rushing by, cool mountain breezes, and the smell of pine trees. We loved the small town and beauty of Pagosa Springs so much that we are actively working towards being able to get a place there so we can escape to the mountains more regularly!

Jade Griggs

Client Concierge

What do you enjoy most about working at MVP Insurance?

I love how everyone in the office is like family! I learn something new every day.

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or Song?

Favorite Book: Anything by Tracy Wolff 

Favorite Movie: “White Christmas” and “Dirty Dancing”. 

Favorite Music; Christmas, Country, Christian


What is your Favorite Quote or Scripture?

 Favorite Quote: Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today! -Ernest Hemingway.

Favorite Scripture: so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10


What is your dream Vacation?

My childhood dream vacation was to go to Disney World (like most little kids). However, as an adult my ultimate vacation would be to travel to Ireland and visit the many towns, and villages along the western shoreline. The most famous landmark in Ireland is probably the Cliffs of Moher which is at the top of my bucket list.

Brent Brown

Co-Owner / Licensed Agent

What do you enjoy most about working at MVP Insurance?


I love the family atmosphere that we have created here at MVP. Everyone is willing to go the extra mile to help a fellow client, co-worker, or strategic partner!


What is your favorite book, movie, and/or Song?


If you catch me reading it is most likely a book about business or personal development. One of my all time favorites is “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. I don’t think I can pick a favorite movie, but I am a huge fan of “The Office” TV Series (American Version). I like to think I’m a Jim, but truthfully, I’m probably more of a Michael!


I enjoy listening to all genres of music. People who ride with me are often taken aback because I’ll be streaming Beethoven from my phone and an EMINEM song will come on after.


What is your Favorite Quote or Scripture?


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
“An office is for not dying. An office is a place to live life to the fullest, to the max. An office is a place where dreams come true.“ Michael Scott


What is your dream Vacation?


Snow Skiing and a big cabin in the Mountains of Colorado!