8 Summer Safety Tips
The last couple weeks of summer are passing wrapping-up, so we thought this would be a good time for a quick reminder of summer safety tips to keep the kiddos safe as they make the last few days of summer count (and until they are finally back in school)!
August is a particularly hot and muggy month locally. Be sure to stay on top of the hydration from the get-go. Whether your child is outside playing in the backyard, or they’re going for a swim in the pool, don’t let them go too long without taking a drink of water. Heat exhaustion and dehydration can come on fast when temperatures are soaring in the 90s, so be proactive! If your child goes to sports practice or to a friend’s house, send them with a bottle of water.
Just because summer is almost over doesn’t mean that the sunscreen can be forgotten! Lather up the kids at least 15 minutes before they go outside for the best protection, and reapply every 2 hours-- even “waterproof” sunscreen doesn’t last all day!
It may have been a long summer with lots of new confidences built in the water, but continue to keep an eye on your kids when they’re at the pool, especially if they are under 5 or are not great swimmers. Have your young children wear floaties or a life jacket to maximize their safety--and your peace of mind.
Helmet’s are incredibly important for protecting your kiddo's developing brains! Don’t cave--require your kids to wear head protection any time they are using their bike, scooter, or skateboard. Make it fun - let them pick out their own helmet or decorate the helmet they have!
Keep out of hot cars
Temperatures are hot enough in the fresh breeze, but your car can surpass those temperatures and get even more dangerously hot. Do not leave your kids (or pets) in the car, even if you think you’ll be in the store for 5 minutes. Temperatures get hot fast, and it’s simply not worth the risk. Always check the backseat before leaving your car!
Stranger Danger Talks
If it has been a bit since you have last refreshed on Stranger Danger, now is the time to do it! Remind your kids that talking to strangers is not safe, and they should never go somewhere alone with someone they don’t know. If your kids are online, remind them that this rule works the same in the virtual world - if you don't know the person in "real life", the person on the other end of the microphone is a stranger.
Make sure your kids know important information
In case of emergencies, it is always a good idea for your young children to have certain pieces of information memorized (this is important during the school year, too!). Your child should be able to recite a phone number where you (the parent) can be reached at all times, your name (the parent’s), as well as a home address. Help them learn this information, and quiz them periodically to make sure they remember.
Wear insect repellent
Besides the itchy bites, bugs can also sometimes carry diseases, so don’t skimp on the bug spray! Additionally, watch out for ticks-- check your kids when they come inside, especially if they have been playing in a wooded area.
Stay safe, have FUN, and enjoy the last weeks of summer!