Summer is fast approaching and with it comes summer vacation from school for kids, fun in the sun, and, unfortunately, some dangers. Here are 10 tips to keep you and them smiling.
Life jackets are an important accessory during any water-related activity and are required by law in most states. Life jackets today have made drastic improvements in comfort over the years, making them not nearly the burden they were a decade or two ago. Stop by your local outdoor store to learn more about improvements and to pick some up.
Fun in the sun can sometimes leave little ones with painful burns. Be sure to pack and use enough sunscreen for your adventures, and make sure they take frequent breaks in cool and shaded areas.
Only You can Prevent Fires
With barbecues and warming fires increasing in popularity during the summer, it takes strict policing to make sure you don’t leave fire starting equipment out for little hands. Kids are naturally drawn to lighters and matches, so be sure to keep those out of view and, preferably, locked-up.
Swimming is one of the most popular activities during the summer, but it can also be dangerous. Be sure you or someone you trust is supervising your children at all times during swimming. Don’t multitask during it; the supervision should take your full attention. Glancing away for ‘just a second’ can be enough for a water emergency to begin.
Drink Plenty of Water
As the heat goes up, so should the water intake. Make sure your children make use of water available frequently, and that they know that avoiding thirst is very important.
Stay off the Logs
When playing on the beach, driftwood logs are very tempting playthings. However, every year dozens of children and adults die from logs shifting, and many more get injured. A log that seems sturdy could be close to breaking free, shifting, and falling on whatever is under it, and anything on top of it is susceptible to falling and getting injured.
While riding a bicycle, it’s important for children to wear helmets. Even a low-speed accident can cause severe cranial damage, damage that helmets has been proven to minimize or avoid entirely.
Beware of Dogs
Dogs are attractive to children, but it’s critical to learn what a hostile dog looks like. Only let your children approach dogs that you are familiar with, and keep an eye on them during the interaction.
Fun for the whole family, fireworks are a staple in the summer season. However, be aware that no matter how pretty, fireworks are burning flammable chemicals, and should be kept out of reach of children.
In large bodies of water, currents called ‘rip tides’ are a risk worth knowing about. Essentially, a rip tide is a fast moving current under the surface that is capable of dragging a person out into the water body. Educate your children that, fit they are caught in a rip tide, to swim parallel along the shore. Rip tides cover a small portion of the shoreline, and are near impossible to fight. Instead, by swimming along the shore you can swim out of them, making it easier to move back in to shore.
Center for Disease Control