Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.
Water Safety Water-related activities are popular for getting physical activityand have many health benefits. Here are some tips to stay safe while having fun.
-Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children. -Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. -Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life. -Install a four-sided fence around home pools. -Make boating safety a priority. Wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water.
Beat the Heat and Sun Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. For heat-related illness,the best defense is prevention.
-Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. -Dress kids in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. -Schedule outdoor activities for morning and evening hours. -Stay cool with cool showers or baths. -Seek medical care immediate if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness. -Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
-Cover up. Wear clothing that covers to protect against UV rays. Use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and UVA/UVB protection every time you and your child go outside.
Keep mosquitos and ticks from bugging you Protect yourself and your family by preventing bites and diseases, like Zika, West Nile virus and Lyme disease, which can be transmitted by insects.
-Use an effective insect repellent while playing outdoors. -Make your backyard a tick-safe zone. -Check yourself and your children for ticks. Ticks are easy to remove.
Prevent Injuries Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are a common cause of injury.
-Make sure the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained. -Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment. -Use stair gates to keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble. .-Learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs. -Make sure kids and teens wear the right protective equipment for their sport or recreation activity.
-Stay smart around the house by following tips on fire prevention, microwave use, and living with pets.
Stop Violence -Kids can use electronic media to embarrass, harass, or threaten their peers. Take steps to prevent this.
-Know and monitor what your child is watching on TV, computers and cell phones. -Stay connected by spending positive family time and shared activities. -Stay open and caring to help children with problems or concerns. -Keep expectations about school performance high. -Be present when children awaken, arrive home from school, share an evening meal or when going to bed -Involve your children in social activities