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Relevant now - Summer Safety

The days have gotten longer, summer is around the corner, and we now find ourselves happily outside enjoying the weather.  While you are taking advantage of the great outdoors over the next few months we want to make sure that you and your family remain safe.  Here are just a few things to think about: 

Safety in the Sun

Protect yourself and your children from skin cancer later in life by following a few simple practices when you are outdoors:

  • Stay in the shade
  • Cover up!
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Put on a hat
  • Wear sunglasses

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics both have much more information about how to protect the skin of those you love in the months ahead.


Water Safety

Swimming is great fun and great exercise, but for the very young and inexperienced it can be dangerous.  The highest rates of drowning are in children ages 1 to 4.  So, when you’re near the water with children be sure to:

  • Watch your child at ALL times
  • Ensure there are lifeguards on duty
  • Remain in close proximity to your child
  • Teach your child not to run near the pool

In addition, it would be very wise to:

  • Teach your child to swim
  • Learn CPR

If you have children elementary school age or older, sit with them and review this article from the Nemours Foundation about swimming pool safety.


Stay Cool in the Heat

Normally, our bodies can cool themselves pretty efficiently.  But when the weather gets extremely hot and humid heat illnesses may develop.  To help protect children against this:

  • Encourage your child to drink water regularly to stay hydrated
  • Have a cool, air-conditioned space available for your child.  If your home is not air-conditioned, consider a library or other public building nearby.
  • If your child is feeling hot, give him/her a cool bath or water mist
  • NEVER leave your child in a car or other enclosed vehicle

You can find more information about heat and children at this site by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Playground Safety-

Every year over 200,000 children age 14 and younger nationally are treated in emergency rooms for playground related injuries.  While you can’t prevent every accident, there are many things you can do to help your child stay safe. 

  • Supervise your child while he/she is at the playground
  • Evaluate the safety of the playground itself
  • Teach your children to act responsibly at the playground

For more specific tips, go to Playground Safety (Nemours Foundation).


Insect Bites & Stings-

You can’t avoid insect bites entirely, but you can help improve your odds:

  • To limit your chances of mosquito bites, avoid areas with standing water
  • Avoid ticks while hiking by remaining in the center of the trail and keep as covered up as possible.  Shower and check for ticks as soon as you come inside.
  • Don’t disturb bee or wasp nests.  Have a professional remove them.
  • Wear shoes
  • Avoid perfume and sweet smelling beauty products

Anyone who is allergic to insects should wear a medical alert necklace or bracelet.

You can find more information about how to protect your child from insect stings from the American Academy of Pediatrics and preventing bites and stings from the Nemour Foundation.