Summer vacation is right around the corner! Waiting for us are lazy days, picnics, swimming, biking, playing at the park, traveling, and more. However, it’s important that you stay safe as you participate in summer activities such as these; here are a few ways to stay safe this summer:
During the summer months, kids and adults are at greater risk for sunburns. Besides being painful, sunburns can lead to skin cancer down the road. Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.
The sun can cause people to overheat, particularly in the long, hot summer days. Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours. Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Make sure to keep yourself and children hydrated with plenty of water.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years of age. Keep your children safe by watching them when they are in or around water, without distraction. Ensure young children are within arm’s reach of an adult. Know what to do in an emergency by learning CPR and basic water rescue.
Summer is a great time for taking family trips and vacations. Here are some safety tips for summer vacations; hold your mail, time your lights and electronics, have a neighbor park out front, ask neighbors to keep an eye out, avoid social media and nix the spare key.
Bicycle riding is a fun, healthy way to be independent and get good exercise. Before taking off on your bike this summer, make sure it is ready to ride. Adjust your bicycle to fit you, wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet, see and be seen, avoid riding at night and stay alert always!