Summer Safe For Kids

June 24, 2016

As summer is in full swing, kids are out of school it is important to know how to keep your child safe from the sun, water and injuries.

When children are around the water, either a pool or the beach, it is important to make sure that they have supervision from an adult. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4”. (CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/, 2016). Teaching kids to swim is a great way to prevent them from drowning or serious injury in the water. Enrolling your child in swim lessons can also be a fun summer activity for them.

When the heat is on the rise it is important to stay hydrated and know a few safety measures to take with the kids. Never leave your child (or pets) in a hot car. The temperature in the hotter than the air outside. The CDC states that even with the windows cracked the child could become over heated (http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/, 2016). Make sure to dress your child for the weather, this includes lightweight and light colored clothes. Of course it is important to drink plenty of water and limit outdoor activities to the morning or evening hours (CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/, 2016)

The CDC states that in the U.S. each year the ER treats more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger each year (http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/, 2016). Making sure to check playground equipment, supervising your child for falls, or stair gates is a great way to prevent many injuries.

Summer is a fun time for everyone, with picnics, pools or beaches, and riding bikes. It is important to let children have fun over the summer, but make sure they are well taken care of.

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