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Summer Safety Tips



 

1. Never leave a child unattended around water! Always have an adult supervising and be sure that the adult knows how to swim in the event of an emergency. Wear life vests when boating.

2. Wear a properly fitted helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or rollerblading  to avoid head injuries. Over 300,000 children annually are seen for bike related injuries in the ER, some resulting in brain injury or death. Wearing a helmet will help reduce the risk of such an injury.

3. Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days and reapply every two hours, or after swimming. Sunburns as a child can increase your risk of developing melanoma, a form of cancer, as you get older.

4. Stay Hydrated! Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Avoid soda and sugary drinks. 

5. Use insect repellent to reduce the risk of bites and stings from mosquitoes and ticks! Check for ticks after being in wooded or grassy areas. Remove any ticks promptly and consult your physician if you have any concerns.

6. Use caution with outdoor grills when children are present to avoid injury.  Don’t keep foods containing mayonnaise, eggs, meat, and dairy at room temperature for more than 1-2 hours to avoid possible food poisoning.

7. Never leave children or pets unattended in a car! The temperature inside a car can get dangerously hot even with the windows down. Heat stroke can occur and cause serious injuries or death.

8. Supervise kids on playground equipment. Burns can occur from equipment that is in the sun in hot weather. Injuries from falls or improper use of equipment result in thousands of ER visits every year.

 

 

Summertime is a fun time. Make it a safe time, too!