Summer’s right around the corner and with warmer temperatures comes the long summer break from school. It’s time for relaxing and having fun safely. Here are some great tips for keeping the kids safe at home or at play.
One of the biggest draws of summertime is the pool. No matter how old the child is, it’s hard to resist the siren song of cool water on a hot summer afternoon. Because swimming is the most popular recreational activity for kids aged 7 to 17, it’s an activity that can provide exercise and fun.
Unfortunately, swimming pools can be dangerous as well. That’s why we should all do our part to teach kids water safety. Make sure they know how to prevent drowning by:
- Teaching kids how to swim.
- Learning CPR along with your children.
- Insisting upon adult supervision whenever your kids are near water.
- Installing a fence around your home pool to keep kids safe.
Boating is a summer activity that’s fun for everyone in the family, and when you play it safe it stays that way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of all people who died while boating in 2009, 73 percent drowned. Of those who drowned, more than 90 percent did so because they weren’t wearing a life jacket. Explain to your kids why they should always wear a properly fitted life jacket and if you own a boat, never let anyone on it who isn’t wearing one.
More than 200,000 kids a year are treated in an emergency room for injuries they received on a playground; the most common injury is falls. Always check the playground area before allowing your kids to play. Make sure the equipment is well maintained and that there are no jagged edges or broken parts. You’ll also want to ensure that the
Staying Cool and Free From Sunburns
Kids aren’t a high-risk group for heat-related issues, but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen. Even the healthiest of people can get sick if they’re engaging in strenuous activities during the heat. If your kids are going to be outside for more than a few minutes, have them carry water for hydration. And of course, never leave children alone in a parked car, even if you crack the windows.
Sunburns are another part of summertime that should be avoided. Sunscreen should be applied every day, and this is particularly true for children, as a couple of serious sunburns now can lead to skin cancer when they get older. Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well- maintained (such as wood chips or sand, not dirt or grass).
With a little planning, your kids can have a safe and healthy summer break this year. Teaching them how to look after themselves is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children. Another great gift is teaching them how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular chiropractic care. If your kids learn healthy habits like these now, they’ll be much more inclined to carry them into their adult lives and teach those lessons to their own children.
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