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Keep your family safe during summer fun

June 5, 2018

Summer Safety

Warmer weather brings lots of outdoor fun, water play, travel and vacations.

To enjoy outdoor play to the fullest, it’s important for parents and caregivers to ensure that children are properly protected from sun, heat and insects. Nothing ruins a fun day at the pool faster than a painful sunburn! The Centers for Disease Control recommend using protective clothing, hats, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to prevent sunburn.

Avoiding heat-related issues means providing lots of water, frequent breaks in the shade and monitoring children for any symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Finally, make sure children are protected from insect bites, particularly disease-spreading insects such as mosquitos and ticks. Using a bug repellent with DEET, avoiding areas with high concentrations of insects, and checking children’s clothing and bodies frequently for bites can help keep them safe.

Fun summer travel begins with ensuring that your child is using the correct child safety seat for their age, weight and height, and that the seat is correctly installed. Using child safety seats that are correctly installed can reduce the chance of injury by 71 percent. Parents and caregivers should also make sure that young children are NEVER left in a car unattended for any length of time, for any reason.

Websites such as safekids.org provide helpful checklists for ensuring your family’s safety during summer months. Here are some general guidelines for fun in the sun!

  • Wear sunscreen at all times. Make sure to re-apply often!
  • Keep kids cool and in the shade.
  • Make sure children are supervised around any water more than six inches deep—young children can drown even in very shallow water!
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Keep a first aid kit with you at all times, especially if kids have allergies.
  • Keep kids hydrated.

This article was written for the June 2018 edition of Parent Source.