Summer Safety for the Whole Family!
School’s out, and while that music to kids’ ears, parents know how much goes into planning a two-month long vacation! Ensure a fun break for your children with these summer safety tips:
HEAT AND SUN
Hot, sunny days are here. High temperatures are especially dangerous for infants and kids up to age four, as they're more susceptible to heat stroke and other unpleasant consequences. Help your kids beat the heat with these tips:
Liberally apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and UVA and UVB protection 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if people are swimming or sweating.
Plan outdoor activities around the hottest part of the day, which is between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Never leave children unattended in a parked car--even if you leave the windows cracked open.
Keep everyone well hydrated. By the time a child feels thirsty, they are already getting dehydrated.
Dress kids in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
Take breaks for cool showers or baths on especially hot days.
Splishing and splashing are a big part of summertime fun, but water has it’s dangers. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury and death in kids between the ages of one and four. Be proactive:
Enroll your child in a swimming class so that they can learn the basics.
Always wear life jackets when riding in boats.
Employ "touch supervision" around pools and other bodies of water. Coined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this means to keep your child within arm's reach whenever they are in or near water. Never leave children unsupervised for even a split second.
Install a four-sided fence around your pool.
Learn CPR in case of emergencies.
Pests like mosquitoes and ticks transmit diseases like the Zika virus, the West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Keep critters at bay:
Apply insect repellent before heading outside.
Use yard pesticides to reduce the risk of ticks and mosquitoes.
Clear yards of tall grass, leaves and other debris.
Ward off ticks by wearing long sleeves and long pants. Tuck pants into socks for extra protection.
Perform tick checks periodically.
A few other ways to keep your kids safe, happy and healthy throughout the summer include:
Teach them what poison oak, sumac and ivy look like and instruct them to avoid it. Steer kids away from overgrown areas where they may be encountered.
If your child is going to ride their bike, make them wear a helmet-even if they're just riding up and down the sidewalk.
Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in the house and in the car.
Remember, summers are memorable for kids, so stay stress free and enjoy it with them! Teach them how to make safe decisions as well and these months are sure to be a total blast for everyone!