Summer is here— a time when the sun is shining, grass is growing and kids are out of school! With the fun season ahead, I thought I’d share a few, simple summer safety tips to implement in your life over the next few months.
Water Safety: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov), drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.
-Always keep a close eye on your kids when they are in or around water. Never let your children swim unsupervised by a responsible adult.
-Teach your kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect children from drowning. For swimming lesson information, check out here: http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/Swimming-Lessons-in-OKC/.
-Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). To get certified, check out here: http://rdcrss.org/1XXvreC.
-If your home has a pool, install a four-sided fence around it so children can’t get in or fall in when alone.
-When around big bodies of water such as a pond, lake or ocean, make sure to properly fit your kids into a life jacket every time.
Sun and Heat Safety: The CDC says that infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk for heat-related illness, and even just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your children’s risk of skin cancer later in life.
-Cover your children in clothes that protect their skin against UV rays. Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
-Always use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your kids go outside.
-Never leave your children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are open.
-Plan your outdoor activities for the morning and evening hours.
-Take cool showers and baths.
-Always seek medical care immediately if your children have any symptoms of heat-related illness.
Bug Safety: With all of the diseases out there such as Zika, West Nile and Lyme disease, make sure to protect you and your children with the proper preventative tips.
-Always use a safe and effective insect repellent when outside.
-Have your yard sprayed for fleas and ticks.
-Anytime you come inside after being outside, make sure to check you and your children for ticks. For an easy tick removal guide, check out here: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html.
Play Safety: In the United States each year, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries (cdc.gov). Usually falls at home and on the playground are the most common cause.
-Always supervise you kids when they are on playground equipment and stairs.
-Make sure surfaces underneath playground equipment are well-maintained and safe.
-Always make sure your children wear a helmet when they are riding their bike or scooter, roller blading or doing any other recreational activity that requires protective equipment.
It’s fun being a kid (or even an adult!) in the summer with all of the great activities to do. Keep these easy tips in mind and make sure to share them with your friends and family as well. I hope you have the best and safest summer yet!
For the babies,