Summer is the perfect time for fun and adventure – a wonderful time for families to enjoy the outdoors and create lasting memories. However, it’s always important to keep safety in mind, especially for young children. Here are some essential tips to ensure your family enjoys a safe and happy summer!

Sun Safety

  • Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF30 on your child’s skin. Apply 30 mins before going outside, and plan to reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Dress your child in lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats to protect delicate skin from the sun.
  • Seek Shade: Encourage play in shaded areas, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, the peak sunlight hours of the day.

Water Safety

  • Supervise Constantly: Never leave a child unattended near or in water – whether it’s a pool, lake, or ocean. Stay within the arm’s reach of young swimmers.
  • Swim Lessons: Enroll your child in age-appropriate swim lessons to teach them basic water safety skills.
  • Life Jackets: Ensure children wear properly fitted life jackets and floatation devices when around natural bodies of water.
  • Learn CPR: Knowing CPR can save lives in an emergency situation. Consider taking a certification course.

Hydration & Heat Safety

  • Water: Encourage your child to drink water regularly, especially during outdoor activities. Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages. Dehydration can happen quickly in hot weather.
  • Recognize Signs of Heat Illness: Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as dizziness, headaches, or nausea. Move to a cooler area and hydrate immediately if symptoms appear.
  • Never Leave a Child in a Car: Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a minute. Cars can heat up quickly, leading to heatstroke.

Bug Safety

  • Use Insect Repellent: Apply child-safe insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes and ticks. Follow the application instructions carefully.
  • Avoid Peak Hours: Keep your child indoors when mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn.
  • Check for Ticks: Ticks are bountiful this season! After outdoor activities, check your children and pets for ticks. Remove any ticks promptly and properly. You can help minimize ticks on exposed skin by dressing your child in long sleeves and pants.

Playground Safety

  • Supervision: Always supervise your children while they play on playground equipment.
  • Check Equipment: Ensure playground equipment is in good working order. Inspect for hot surfaces, loose bolts, and sharp edges. Also, check that ground surfaces are soft to cushion falls.
A young boy with curly hair is enthusiastically playing on a swing at a playground. He is mid-jump, with his arms extended forward and a big smile on his face.

Travel Safety

  • Car Seats: Ensure car seats and booster seats are installed correctly. Follow all guidelines for age, height, and weight.
  • Plan Breaks: Make regular stops during long car trips to allow children to stretch and move around. 

By following these tips, you can ensure that your family enjoys a fun and safe summer! Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in preventing accidents. Stay safe and have fun!

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