Summer can be a time of fun, freedom, and lots of sun. Along with the fun, it’s important to remember some safety tips for this time of the year. Click here to view our summer fun and safety tips printable handout.
Sun safety and protection
Fun in the sun can have unpleasant consequences, especially for small children and infants. Always make sure children are wearing sunscreen when spending time outside. It’s always a good idea to create a play space for your children where there is shade from the sun which can be provided by a blanket or an umbrella. Dressing the children in loose, breathable clothing will help when they start to sweat from the heat.
Heat in the car
Did you know that heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children under 15? Whether it’s a parent accidentally locking their child in the backseat or a child getting stuck in the car while playing, car safety in the summertime is important to understand.
Here are some tips regarding excessive heat in the car.
- Check the backseat and make sure the kids are out before walking away
- Teach your children that cars are not safe places to play
- Take action by calling 911 if you see a child alone in a car
Summer is a great time to travel. The kids are done with school and the weather is near perfect for traveling. On the other hand, traveling with young ones may not be fun if you aren’t prepared. For example, be sure to allow your family plenty of time to go through security. You can let your kids know ahead of time about the important process of security and what they’ll have to do. Make plans in advance for strollers and car seats.
Bugs are one of the few things people hate about summer, and they can be even more of a nuisance as a parent. Insect repellents come in many forms, including aerosols, sprays, liquids, creams, and sticks. Some are made from chemicals, and others have natural ingredients.
As a parent, going to the pool with a young one can be scary. Remember to always watch the kids because accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and always keep weak swimmers within arms distance.
Boat safety for kids
Always make sure that everyone, not just the kids, wears a life jacket while boating. Keep a close watch on all children at all times and be aware of your surroundings.