Follow These Summer Safety Tips
Summertime means fun for kids out of school, but spending more time outdoors can put them at risk for both simple and traumatic injuries. Follow these quick tips to keep your family safe this summer.
Prevent Drownings: Practice Water Safety
Children can get into trouble in seconds when around water. Parents need to actively supervise – with their eyes on their kids at all times–when they are in or near the water.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Swim with a buddy.
- Surround your pool or spa on all four sides by a fence at least 4-feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates.
Never Leave Your Child in a Hot Car
It’s never okay to leave a child alone in a car for any reason. As temperatures begin to heat up, they’re at serious risk for heat stroke when left alone for only a few minutes in a closed vehicle.
Keep doors locked when parked to prevent curious children from entering when no one is around.
If possible, put your child’s car/booster seat in the middle of the back seat and visible in your rearview mirror.
- Put your purse, phone or bag in the back seat so you will check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.
Protect Your Kids from Falls
Falls are the leading cause of injury to kids, and open windows, especially in summer, can lead to serious injuries.
- Screens are not enough to protect kids from falls. Whether you live in a high rise or a single family home, children must be protected by installing window guards.
- Keep windows locked when they are closed, and keep furniture away from windows so kids can’t climb to the ledge.
Other ways to keep your child safe during the summer months:
Keep children off the lawn while mowing, and never have a passenger on your riding mower.
- Never leave a hot grill unattended and keep kids away when grilling.
- Remind kids to ride their bicycles on the right-hand side of the street traveling in the same direction as cars. Teach them to obey traffic lights as cars do, and to always wear a helmet.
- A heat index at or above 90°F can lead to heat-related illness. Make sure your child drinks plenty of water to stay hydrated. Lemon and coconut water are especially good for hydration, or vegetable juice, which is better than fruit juice.
- Apply sunscreen to cover all exposed areas 15 minutes before going outdoors. Opt for sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection. Always reapply when a child comes out of the water.
Download our summer safety infographic for quick reference
Learn more about National Safety Month.