4 Summer Safety Tips for Kids
Summer is here and we could not be more excited. Our kids are so ready to be outside and free. And we are excited to watch their imaginations flourish as they explore this incredible world we live in. However, sometimes summer can be accompanied with hazards for our kiddos. Here is a little reminder list to help you keep your kids safe and your summer full of fun memories!
Never leave kids in the car – even if it’s just a few minutes
I know all those buckles on the car seats can be a hassle, especially when you have a toddler currently in the phase of wanting to do it all on their own. It can feel like a ton of work to get them in and out of the car while running little errands. But did you know that even on a 70℉ day, a car can heat up to 89℉ after ten minutes. After a half hour, the interior of the car can heat to 104℉ —the same temperature at which heat stroke (hyperthermia) occurs. Now, most people obviously know this but sometimes a good reminder to check your habits goes a long way! Keep those kiddo’s safe and maybe you can even make a little adventure out of the outing.
Even if you don’t have a pool, talk about water safety
WATER! One of the most exciting parts of summer! But also one of parents greatest fears when it comes to summer time. But instead of letting fear cripple us from having a wonderful summer spent splashing in the pool, here are a few tips on talking with your kids about water safety as well as things to do as the parent to ensure their safety.
- Assign a pool watcher. At parties things can quickly become hectic and it is easy to become distracted. You will have peace of mind knowing that someone is watching the pool like a hawk.
- Take swim lessons.
- For one week, include a water safety discussion during breakfast. Talk about why water is dangerous. Talk about why life vests are important.
- Do your own research as a parent. Watch videos. Take the time now to educate yourself and your children.
Drink lots of water
Children love to play outside and will go for hours without even the thought of taking a drink. Here are a few tips at helping keep your kids hydrated:
- Keep water out and easily available. Offer it to them frequently.
- Wear proper clothing. I know young kids love to dress themselves but just like you wouldn’t let them wear their swimsuit in the snow, don’t let them wear their parka on a hot day.
- Slowly let them acclimate to the warmer weather. Set a timer for 20 minutes the first day, 30 the next, and so on.
- Offer food that is hydrating. Watermelon is a great summer option.
Wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours.
Wearing sunscreen and covering up at a young age can greatly reduce the risk of skin cancer later in life. Here are a few great options:
- Wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours.
- Cover-up. There are a lot of long sleeve cover-ups that offer additional UV protection.
- Wear a hat.
I hope that you find some of these reminders helpful. Get out there and make the most of this summer! It is bound to be a great one!