Summer Safety For Kids
Summer means outdoor activities, picnics, and vacations… it also means there are a lot more
safety related issues. Here are a few tips to keep your kids safe and your summers fun.
Beaches, boating, swimming pools and lake vacations are all fun and exciting, however they
can be dangerous for children if there are not precautions taken.
? Keep your focus. Adult supervision is a must, do not let the responsibility lie with an
older child to watch a younger sibling.
? Use proper flotation and safety devices. Properly fitted life jackets should be worn,
children’s vinyl arm floaties or pool floats are not approved safety devices.
? Enroll your child in swimming lessons. Instructors teach children proper methods, as well
as what to do if there is a drowning emergency.
? Avoid excessive exposure to the sun during peak times (10a-6p). If you can’t…
? look for shaded areas to play
? wear protective hats, light colored clothing and sunglasses
? sunscreen should be part of your everyday routine, look for UVA & UVB
protection with a minimum SPF of 15
? apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to heading out into the sun and reapply
sunscreen every 2 hours or earlier if swimming or sweating
Dehydration & Heat Related Illness
? Encourage children to drink plenty of water, they get busy playing and don’t remember to
? Don’t wait until thirsty to offer drinks
? Look for shaded areas and take breaks from playing
? Learn the symptoms of heat stress and seek medical attention if you child is
demonstrating some of the symptoms ( Kidshealth.org)
First Aid Kits
? Keep first aid kits stocked
? band aids
? sunburn relief
? antihistamine for bug bites or allergy attacks
? water bottle
? antibiotic ointment for scrapes and scratches
? emergency phone numbers
Keeping your kids protected can help them have a safe and fun summer! For more tips about
the ACBDD’s Services for Children, click here (Services For Children)