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The kids are finally out of school, and the family is ready to have some summer fun swimming, hiking, bike riding and being a part of cookouts and other events. Summer can be the best part of the year for some, but everyone must remember to be safe from potential summer dangers. Here are a few summer safety tips to make sure your summer is a fun and safe one.
Playing in the pool or at the beach is a great way to spend time as a family. Make sure your children know how to swim. Teach them how to swim before summer or sign them up for swimming lessons at your local YMCA. Knowing how to swim can protect your children from drowning. If other members of the family will be watching your children over the summer, make sure they can also swim in case of an emergency. Educate your children on water safety at the beach. Teach them not to go too far out into the water, not to go into the water without an adult, and tell them what rip currents are. Before you go to the beach, look at the water forecast and know current weather conditions.
Never leave your children unsupervised when in the pool or at the beach. Always make sure small children are never an arm’s length away from an adult.
Know CPR. In the event an emergency does arise, know how to properly resuscitate a child or even an adult. You can sign up for CPR classes at your local Red Cross.
Sunny days are the epitome of summer, but too much sun can put you and your children at risk. According to the CDC, make sure to put a SPF of at least 15 on 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun, and continue to reapply every two hours or after swimming and bathing. Serious sunburns can put anyone at risk for sun cancer later in life.
If you know you will be out in the sun for hours at a time, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade frequently to prevent dehydration. Once your child mentions they are thirsty, they could already be dehydrated, so be sure they are getting enough water during the breaks. Provide your child with sunglasses and hats to protect their eyes and face from too much sun.
Never leave your children or pets in a hot car, even if the windows are cracked. Temperatures can reach over 130 degrees in just minutes of parking and can cause serious injury or death.
Summer Event Safety
Summer is the time for cookouts, parties, weddings, and holiday fun. While you are outside, use insect repellants with DEET to avoid mosquito bites and ticks that carry serious disease.
Know where your child is at all times. Teach them not to wander off or leave with strangers. Use the buddy system if they do want to go further away than normally allowed by the parent, making sure they go with at least one other person, if not in groups.
With July 4th around the corner, teach your children firework safety. Fireworks can be very dangerous if not used properly and can cause serious injury. Even sparklers can cause severe burns if not used for the intended purpose. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your adult beverages for after the show.