Summer Safety Tips
As the school year comes to an end, all eyes are on summer vacation. Children love the hot summer months and the wealth of opportunities to spend time outside. Whether it’s swimming, boating, biking, hiking or just playing, there’s something for kids of every age (even us grown-ups!).
There is also risk during this special time of year. We’ve compiled a brief list of summer safety tips to help prevent illness and injuries, leaving you and your family to simply enjoy your fun in the sun.
An appropriate helmet must be worn whenever a child is “on wheels.” This means bicycles, scooters, skates, rollerblades, skateboards and more!
The helmet must fit properly.
Helmets can be life saving and can protect a child from serious injury.
Be sure the right type of helmet is being used. For example, a bike helmet needs to be used for biking.
Moms and dads should wear helmets as well.
Teach children to walk, not run, across the street.
Children should cross only with an adult or an older, responsible child.
Whenever crossing the street, try to make eye contact with any drivers nearby, to be sure they see you.
Teach children to avoid running out from between parked cars.
Use sidewalks whenever possible.
Always hold your child’s hand near any moving or parked vehicles.
Adults always need to set a good example!
Adult supervision is of paramount importance. Parents need to focus on their children 100% of the time. No distractions!
Practice “touch supervision” (a term used by the American Academy of Pediatrics). This means that at all times, the supervising adult is within an arm’s length of the child being watched, when near or in the water.
Remember, no child or adult is “drown proof.”
Keep in mind that children can drown in many different water sources including: bathtubs, toilets, buckets, baby pools, backyard swimming pools, community pools, streams, creeks, lakes, rivers, oceans and other places.
Avoid sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 AM – 6 PM).
Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (with 99-100% UV protection).
Sunscreen is a must (on sunny and cloudy days)! Look for products with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15 (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Dermatology).
Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating or toweling off.
Look for shade whenever possible.
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
It’s the oil from the leaves of these plants that cause the potential allergic reaction.
Consider wearing protective clothing to help decrease the amount of exposed skin.
Learn how to recognize what poison ivy, oak and sumac look like, so that they can be avoided.
Avoid bushy, overgrown areas and places which may contain these plants. Try to stay on paths.
Summer First Aid Kit
Every family should have at least one first aid kit at home which is well stocked and readily accessible.
It’s also helpful to keep a first aid kit in the car and one to bring on trips.
Kids get lots of cuts and scrapes during the warm summer months, so it’s nice to be prepared.
Don’t forget to restock the kit once an item has been used.
Be sure to keep a list of emergency numbers where they are easy to find. This list should include: emergency medical services (911), the doctor’s number, the dentist’s number, poison control, a number where mom and/or dad can be reached and any other important phone numbers.
Have a Happy Summer!
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