5 Tips for Staying Safe this Summer

Summer vacation is in full force. While you and your family are out and about, make sure you are following these summer safety tips.Summer vacation is in full force. The kids are out of school and many families spend time outdoors enjoying themselves. While you and your family are out and about, make sure you are following these summer safety tips.

Summer Safety Tips

Prevent Playground Injuries
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that emergency departments in the United States treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries.

Check to make sure the surfaces under the playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained. Before letting your child run and play, take a minute to make sure the area is free of glass and trash. Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment. Take the time to remove trip hazards (such as trash, large sticks, or other debris) before letting your child play.

Prevent Concussions
The CDC also notes that concussions can occur in any sport or playground activity. A concussion can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your child’s brain normally works. Learn the signs and symptoms of concussions and be prepared to seek medical help right away.

Children that are going to ride a bike or a skateboard need to wear a helmet. Now is a good time to make sure that the helmet your child is using still properly fits him or her. If not – it’s time to buy a new helmet.

Prevent Dehydration
It is very important to stay properly hydrated while out in the summer heat. Bring plenty of water with you to the park, while on a road trip, or while playing in the backyard.

If you, or a family member, starts to feel light-headed, overheated, or has developed a headache, pay attention! He or she could be dehydrated. It is time to stop playing and find some shade or an indoor place that has air conditioning.

Pool Safety
Do you have a pool in your backyard? It is a good idea to take steps to make sure children don’t fall into the pool or use it while unattended. Build a fence around an in-ground pool. Remove the ladder from an above ground pool.

What about the “kiddie pools” that are intended for toddlers to play in? Parents should watch their children closely when they are playing in these small pools. It has been said that a child can drown in pool with as little as an inch of water. Always drain the pool after your child is done using it.

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