Every year, the end of school means fun in the sun for children, but it can also bring its share of hidden hazards. To be sure that your child stays safe this summer, don’t forget these simple reminders.
- Children should never be left unattended near water. A small child can drown in even an inch or two of water.
- Your child should always wear a helmet when biking, riding a scooter, rollerblading, or skateboarding. Teach your child the basic rules of the road and caution him or her to always be aware of traffic on roads and in parking lots.
- Excess sun exposure is always a concern in the summer months. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher every time your child goes outdoors. Limit time in the sun during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Remind your child of playground safety. Children should not climb on the outside of play equipment and should never walk in front of or behind moving swings.
- When grilling, be aware of people around you. Curious children especially need to be supervised and taught not to run or play around a barbecue grill. They should never touch a grill. Have water available when grilling in case of accidental fire.
With a little common sense and some simple precautions, you and your family can make this a safe and fun summer.