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5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

The school year has ended and the temperature is rising, providing ample opportunities for children to soak up the sun and get physical. Of course, what comes with activities and heat are potential health risks, so you need to ensure that your child adheres to several safety tips, whether they are indoors or in the summer heat.

1. Practice Water Safety

Swimming is a great way to cool off while exercising, but this particular activity can lead to accidents, injuries, and illness. When children are near or in any recreational body of water:

2. Beware of Illness

While wintertime is often associated with illnesses, you should also be aware of summer illnesses. Some common summer illnesses include recreational water illnesses, poison ivy and oak, bug bite illnesses, food poisoning, and heat-related illnesses, all of which can be prevented. Make sure your child uses insect repellant, wears adequate clothing, drinks plenty of water, and practices good hygiene.

If a child contracts an illness that does not require emergency medical treatment, encourage them to stay indoors to prevent spreading.

3. Be Cautious of the Sun

While the sun is known to improve moods, it can also be harmful to children if you’re not prepared. Multiple sunburns can lead to increased risk of skin cancer later in life, so it’s best to take the following steps in protecting your child (and yourself) from sun damage:

4. Teach Your Children

Sit down and speak to your child regarding various risks. Teach them to swim (or seek a professional trainer), to properly use various safety equipment, to avoid suspicious and wild animals, etc.

5. Protective Equipment Play an Important Role

At summer camps, home, or anywhere in between, protective equipment is essential for activities. Encourage your children to wear protective equipment when appropriate, and make sure that the equipment is of high quality. Furthermore, if your children are at summer camp, investigate the equipment used at these camps and determine if the equipment is safe for use.