No matter how your kids will be spending their summer, safety should be a top priority!
Summer is definitely the time for fun, but it can also bring a few health risks with it. Review the safety tips below and keep them in mind to make sure your little guys and gals have a fun, safe summer!
- Never leave children unattended in any body of water, whether it is a pool, hot tub, beach, etc.
- Avoid blow-up floatation devices. Make sure your child wears only a Coast Guard-approved life vest that is properly fitted.
- Sign your child up for swimming lessons, but remember that even children who know how to swim may be at risk for drowning and need supervision.
- Don't allow your children to run around or roughhouse in or near the pool.
- If swimming at the beach or other public area, make sure there is a lifeguard on duty.
- Never swim during a storm or when a storm is approaching.
- Make sure you and your child wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and reapply every 2 hours, even if cloudy outside.
- Dress in lightweight, light-colored clothing and cover areas that may be exposed to the sun, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
- Make sure your child stays hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after spending time in the sun.
- Avoid full sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when U.V. rays are most intense.
- Always keep an eye on children when they are on play equipment, in the yard, etc.
- Make sure children wear the proper shoes and clothing for the activity.
- Make sure children wear a helmet and are supervised when riding bikes or skateboarding.
- Teach your children habits for safe playtime, such as not climbing up equipment, sitting (not standing) on the swings, etc.
Keep safety in mind when you're having fun with your family this summer. If an accident does happen, rest assured that our Pediatric Emergency Care Center will be prepared to help your family. Visit us online today to learn more about our facility and services at Oak Hill Hospital.