Last week we introduced safety tips for parents for their children during the summer months. The first 3 tips referred to:
1. Time in the Sun, 2. Water Play, 3. Picnics, Grilling, and Camp Fires.
Here are some further tips to help keep your children safe during summer fun:
4. Roadtrips: Whether it’s down the road to a friend’s party, a two-hour drive to Grandma’s house, or a two-weekroad trip to Mount Rushmore, make sure your family stays safe in any length of car travel.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death in children in the U.S. One-third of children who died in car crashes in 2011 were unrestrained. Correctly used child car seats can decrease the risk of death by 71 percent! Seat belts save nearly 13,000 lives each year.
Everyone in the car should be buckled up on every ride, every time. Always wear a seat belt. Before any length of driving, check your child’s car seat.
Click here for a quick car seat checklist.
A booster seat and shoulder safety belts should be used until your child can pass the safety belt fit test found here.
All kids must ride in the back seat of the car until 13 years of age.
6. Outdoor Activities: Camping and hiking are the epitome of summertime. Wheeled sports accidents can cause serious head injuries and fractures.
It is essential that kids have the proper safety equipment, are educated on when/how to wear it, and know how to stay safe on the trails and in the woods.
The best way to prevent head injuries and death is for properly-fitted helmets to be worn at all times while on any wheels. Even if you think the play is safe, your child is seasoned in the sport, you think the helmet isn’t needed, or the helmet is uncomfortable, ensure your child is wearing a helmet.
To increase comfort and usage of the helmet, make sure the helmet is correctly fitted on your child’s head.
Set a safe example. If parents wear helmets, their children are more likely to model behavior and wear helmets, too.
Additional safety equipment should be worn to aid in preventing fractures and other injuries: knee pads and elbow pads for scooters, skaters, and skateboarders; wrist guards for skaters and skateboarders.
Wear protection while on the trails to prevent tick bites: long sleeves, a hat, pants, and use an insect repellent with DEET concentration of 20 percent or higher.
After hikes and outdoor adventures, always check for Lyme disease-bearing ticks on your clothing, skin, and hair.
Educate children on basic first aid, like when to use a bandage, what ticks look like, and how to spot and avoid poison oak/poison ivy.
The key to a happy and healthy summer is to stay safe. Whether the information above is new to some or a simple reminder for others, it is always helpful to review the necessities of safety first.
Soon enough, August will be upon us and school will be in session again. There will be many adventures and stories to be told. Until then, enjoy your summer months and keep it safe!