1. Supervise, Supervise, Supervise – No matter how smart our kids are, they easily forget the rules when they are having fun. If your kids are playing in a park or near a road, it is especially important to be within a close distance to them to ensure their safety. Kids will often forget road rules when their ball rolls out onto the street and just dart out without looking to get it. If we are there to see it happen we can stop them before they even think to do it.
2. Be Vigilant Around Water – Playing in a pool or at the beach? Remember that it doesn't take long for something bad to happen in the water. Be within reach of children who do not know how to swim at all times and have them wear a life vest. Also be aware of secondary drowning if a problem should arise.
3. Wear Proper Shoes for the Activity – We all love being able to wear sandals after a long winter of wearing boots but they are not neccesarily the best shoes to wear when playing. When playing sports and riding bikes let's keep to proper running shoes. Flip flops and sandals don't offer good foot support or traction for these activities
4. Make Safety Gear a Necessity – I know a lot of us think back to when we were kids and how we would ride our bikes without helmets and we all turned out ok. What we don't think about is the increased number of cars on the road and the number of bike related accidents. Let's remind our kids that they MUST wear a helmet whenever they are out riding.
5. Avoid the Burn – At least 30mins prior to going outside put sunscreen on yourself and your kids. Use an SPF of at least 30 for best protection. It is not recommended to use sunscreen on babies under 6 months, so dress them in light clothing that will protect them from the sun and keep them in the shade as much as possible. Also, remember to keep the head protected by wearing a hat.
6. Don't Leave Your Kids in the Car Unattended – It doesn't take much for heat stroke to set in, or worse. Every year children and pets die in cars. Small children and animals are not able to open a window or open a door like you can. Typically, they will be quiet as heat overcomes them, so there won't be crying or other audible indications of trouble. Cracking the windows does not help; it doesn't prevent the temperature in the car from rising. Please take this one VERY seriously!
These are some very simple tips to follow that will keep our kids safe so they can create some awesome summer memories!