Top Summer Safety Tips to Help Kids Have Fun

The summer is one of the most exciting times of the year for your kids, but it’s also a time when kids can be at risk for injuries. Give kids your undivided attention by actively supervising them throughout the summer, whether it’s at the playground or in and around water. By reminding ourselves of a few safety tips, the summer can be safer and fun for everyone.

Educate your children about swimming safety. Every child is different, so enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready. Teach children to swim with an adult and always ensure there is a designated caregiver supervising them.

Wear life jackets. Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports and that it fits snugly.

Apply sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher. Always apply sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher to your children 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Remember to reapply frequently.

Drink water during sports. Have your kids bring a water bottle to practice and games and drink plenty of water before, during and after play. This is especially important in summer months to avoid dehydration.

Wear a helmet for biking and other wheeled sports. We have a simple saying: “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bike crashes. Kids should wear a helmet when riding anything on wheels.

Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT – avoid heatstroke, create reminders, and take action if you see a child left alone.

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