Keeping kids safe this summer

Published 2:41 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2022

School is winding down and summer is almost here. It’s a time to play and have fun…a time for vacation, swimming, boating, and other summer activities. With restrictions the past two summers because of COVID, getting out this summer is at the top of everyone’s mind. Whether you’re going on a road trip, sending your kids to camp or just relaxing by the pool, there are things you can do this summer to keep your family safe.
Anytime you are outdoors in the sun, it’s important to protect your skin from potential damage. While tanning in the sun might sound fun, unprotected exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays can have a lasting negative impact on your body. From sunburns to skin cancer, being aware of your exposure and taking the proper steps to protect your skin are important.
The sun isn’t the only thing that can burn you this summer. Cookouts, BBQs and family get-togethers are all fun activities that can go wrong if you don’t properly prepare.
When you’re out and about pursuing outdoor activities during the summer, you may feel a variety of symptoms caused by excessive heat exposure. Some examples include heat exhausting, cramps, severe headaches, and sometimes a heat stroke. Taking the time to learn about staying safe in the heat can potentially save your life.
And while accidents do happen in the heat, being especially aware of your surroundings can also save the life of someone you love. To many of us, it probably seems impossible to forget a child in a car. But, it happens, and in the summer heat. It can have tragic consequences. Be aware of your surroundings and never leave a child alone in a car.
Do you know if you or your children are drinking enough water? How much water should you drink per day? Forget the simple math – eight glasses a day isn’t the answer. And forget the complicated math, too — half your body weight in ounces isn’t right, either. While hydration is important in adulthood, it’s especially important for children as they are more likely to become dehydrated. Their tiny little bodies don’t cool down as efficiently as adults and they often aren’t clued into the signs of thirst.
The amount of water a child should drink can vary depending on their age, activity level and weather conditions. If your child has been playing hard outside and working up a sweat or it’s a hot summer day, you may want to increase their water intake that day. As well, keeping your child hydrated when they have intense diarrhea, vomiting and fever is important.
Many families take a break from the summer heat by spending time at the pool and other water sources. Unfortunately, this can create a potential for water-related injuries and death — even if someone can swim. Make sure you use life preservers, and never leave children alone in or near the water, even for a minute. Actively watch children when they are in and around water.
Supervision and a life jacket are two of the most important things you can provide to protect your child from drowning.
Summer can be fun, but it can be dangerous especially for small children.
There’s a higher risk of certain injuries occurring during the summer months. Kids are out of school and active, families are traveling and trying new activities, and everyone’s attention is more relaxed — which isn’t always a good thing when it comes to safety.
Being prepared can help reduce safety risks. Here’s what you need to know so you can be aware of the risks, take precautions and share some important safety tips with your kids. Together, we can ensure your family is as safe as possible while enjoying the fun and new adventures summertime can bring.

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