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Summer Safety Tips For Children

Summer is an enjoyable time, but it's also a time when a great deal of accidents take place. Here are some ways to keep your kids safe this summer.

Water safety.

If you have a pool or plan to be around the water at all, then ensure you've got all security gadgets in place. All gates must be locked, and alarms set up, specifically if you have non-swimming children in your home.

Some general easy guidelines for children around any body of water are:

1. No running or horseplay near the swimming pool.

2. Kids only swim with an adult seeing them.

3. Make sure your children are taking swim lessons that teach, not just the fundamental strokes, but also survival strokes and fundamental water safety. All American Red Cross licensed programs integrate water safety into their swim lessons.

4. Naturally, if lightening is possible, leave the water up until the weather condition risk passes.

5. If your children are swimming in the ocean, follow the flag cautions and be cautious of the tides.

Sun safety.

No matter how old we are or how mindful we are, that sun will amaze us and we'll suffer a burn.

Some simple rules to keep your children safe in the sun are:

1. Always use sun screen even if it's a cloudy day.

2. Have your kids use a t-shirt and hat if they have fair skin.

3. Ensure you have water proof sunblock on your kids if they're in the water.

4. Apply sun block often, particularly if your kids have fair skin or are playing in water.

5. Provide your children with lots of water, juice, or popsicles. Keep them hydrated to help prevent heat stroke.

Bicycle safety.

Some basic rules to keep your children safe on their bikes are:

1. A helmet is a must. Ask any nurse in any Emergency Room and you'll learn why.

2. If you've got a child who fantasizes, wear a whistle around your neck when you go on a bike ride together. If you see him or her being hazardous, you can blow the whistle. This is far more reliable than attempting to shout.

3. Try to find bike courses in the woods. These allow your child to ride easily without the threats of traffic. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

Many life-altering mishaps are preventable.

Make it a safe-- and a fun summer!  


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