It’s June. Get Ready for Sun, Fun and Safety
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
June is National Safety Month
Kids and parents can sense summer break is close at hand, as they tick class trips, field days, dances and proms off their calendars. Summer conjures thoughts of care-free days with plenty of time to relax and play. Get outside to swim, hike, climb, lie on your back and watch clouds, roast marshmallows, count stars, catch fireflies — whatever makes you happy.
With all the joys of summer, there are hazards that can cause unpleasantries, and even serious injuries. National Safety Month reminds us all to take precautions as we create sweet summertime memories.
NewBridge Services joins with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to offer tips for keeping kids safe:
- Teach your children how to swim. Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4. Do not leave children unattended near water, even for a minute.
- Inspect playground equipment before your children use it.
- Have children wear protective gear when playing sports.
- Make sure your child knows your address, phone number, and when and how to dial 911 for emergencies.
- If your teenage children will be alone for stretches of time, make sure they understand home safety.
- Talk to your tweens and teens about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, and make sure they understand they should NEVER get in a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs.
- Put sunscreen on your little ones, and insist older children use sunscreen and reapply regularly. It’s also important everyone wear sunglasses and other protective clothing, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., even on cloudy days. Sunburns in childhood can lead to skin cancer in adulthood.
- Encourage children to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Never leave young children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
- Plan outdoor activities for morning and evening hours.
- Use insect repellent.
- Check your children for ticks and remove promptly if found.