5 Safety Tips for the Summer

The summer is a great time for everyone, but no one enjoys summer quite the way kids do—no school, plenty of free time out in the sun playing with friends, spending weeks at camp making new friends, or keeping the summer heat away with some fun in the water. But as all parents know, with fun activities comes a little bit of risk.

To help ensure your children have a safe and fun summer, here are five easy safety tips:

  1. Cover up from the sun. The best defense for UV rays is covering up. If possible, keep kids in the shade during peak sun hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  When they must be in the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. If a child is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion (heavy sweating, rapid pulse, headaches, and excessive thirst) have him or her take a break in the shade and drink water.
  2. Be smart around water. Don’t let children under the age of five in water without an adult in the water with them. For children over the age of five, an adult should still be present when they are in the water. In open water, be sure to use the buddy system and don’t let children swim alone.
  3. Keep the bugs away. Unfortunately, along with the summer sun come the insects. Keep them away by using an insect repellent with 10 to 30 percent DEET for children over the age of two months. If a bee stings your child and you need to remove a visible stinger, scrape it out with your fingernail or a credit card.
  4. Wear helmets when biking. Biking is a great way for older children to get around on their own in the summer, but make sure helmets are worn no matter how short the ride. If you are purchasing a new helmet, ensure it has the CPSC safety standard sticker.
  5. Stay Hydrated. Summer heat can be relentless, especially during outdoor activities like barbecues, beach outings, or sports events. Keep your children hydrated by having them drink plenty of water throughout the day, particularly if they’re spending time in the sun. Dehydration can sneak up quickly and lead to heat-related illnesses, so be proactive about staying hydrated to enjoy your summer safely.

Children make some of their best memories in the summer months. Allow them to have fun, but make sure they stay safe. What other safety precautions do you take in the summer months?

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