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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.





Swimming:

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.

Sun Protection:

  • 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 keep hydrated

  • 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.

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