Summer Time, Summer Time

As the kids run around thrilled that summer break has begun, we need to review a few common safety issues:

Water safety

  • Constant supervision is an important safety step.
  • Have a secure fence or gate surrounding pools and spas.
  • Adding an alarm to your pool that sounds when something is wrong in the pool area, may save a life.
  • Drain covers in a pool or spa are required by law. Inspect them frequently for proper functioning.
  • Enroll your children in swim lessons. Drownings are 8 times more likely to happen to a child that can’t swim.
  • Learn CPR.

Bike and Wheel safety

  • Always wear a helmet and protective pads.
  • Maintain bicycles, scooters and skate (boards) in proper working condition. Make sure brakes, gears and tires are functioning properly.
  • Supervise children
  • Avoid riding in or around cars.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Use reflectors on clothing, helmets and the bike or scooter.

Sunburn Protection

  • Wear protective clothing, including sunglasses and large brimmed hats.
  • Wear sunscreen of at least SPF15 and select water and sweat resistant products. Apply 30 minute before going out. (Talk to your pediatrician before applying sunscreen to babies under 6 months old).

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