Amidst all of the measures we have to be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s easy to forget that there are still other things out there that can harm us.
Summer is a time for kids to have fun, relax, and get to spend their days outdoors after being cooped up in classrooms (and in front of Zoom screens). But it’s also a time where parents, caretakers, and guardians have to be extra vigilant in ensuring their children’s safety.
Here are some quick tips that will help you keep safe while having fun!
1. SWIM SAFE
Water safety means WATCHING, GUARDING, and PREPARING. Make sure children are supervised in and near the pool! Have a first-aid kit on hand, know your children’s swimming abilities, and make sure home pools are properly gated off.
2. HYDRATION AND HEAT EXHAUSTION
It’s easy to get caught up playing outdoors, but be careful on those sweaty, hot days. Kids should be dressed in loose, light clothing, be drinking plenty of water, and taking breaks to cool off. And never leave children in a parked car – the temperature can rise rapidly, even with the windows open.
Want to know more? Download a CDC guide to Heat-Related Illnesses by clicking below.
3. MOSQUITOES, TICS, AND BEES, OH MY!
Bug bites can be itchy, painful, and potentially dangerous. Use trusted insect repellants (check out the EPA’s guide to different types!), don’t leave any standing water – check for places where water gathers after it rains – to prevent mosquitoes, and cover your children’s arms and legs with long sleeves and pants in tic zones like hiking trails.
If your child has any bug-related allergies, ask their doctor about treatment methods and make sure to have the proper equipment on hand.
4. WEAR A HELMET – IT’S WHEELIE SERIOUS
Jokes aside, EVERYONE should be wearing a helmet while biking. Helmets can be vital in preventing traumatic injury in the event of a bicycle accident.
Make sure kids are able to ride well and old enough to make responsible decisions before allowing them to bike without supervision. Kids who can cross the street by themselves should be reminded of the rules while out bicycling.
5. PREVENTION IS KEY
The best time to deal with injuries is before they happen. Double check playground equipment, childproof locks, and pool gates. Check the weather in advance and plan your day around peak temperatures. If you’re going out, be prepared with things like water, sunscreen, snacks, bug spray, and hats.
Be safe, have fun, and enjoy the summer!