The school doors have closed for the summer. It’s time for the fun to begin. There are plenty of fun activities to do, such as heading to the playground or park, spending the day by the pool, and getting together with friends. Nothing gets much better than the summer days!
It’s important to remember that some of these activities during the summer come with hazards. To get the best out of your summer fun, keep these summer safety rules in mind to help prevent injuries and protect your family!
Pack Wisely for the Day
Before heading out the door on any big summer day, remember to back a few things that are essential.
- Sunscreen: Choose a product that is aimed for children with an APF of 30 or higher. You want one that will shield both UVA and UVB rays.
- Sunglasses, hat, or a visor to protect your children’s eyes from the sun.
- First-aid basics, such as Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment.
- A water bottle to keep the kids hydrated to prevent dehydration. Make sure they drink water every couple years, especially if they are physically active.
At the Pool
When you first get to the pool for a fun day in the water make sure you set some ground rules. Talk to your children about not diving or jumping into shallow parts of the food. Tell them not to run around the pool due to wet surfaces or even roughhouse by the pool. Remember to reapply sunscreen that you brought. If your child has been swimming for more than an hour you may need to reapply it. Read the back of your sunscreen for the proper instructions on when applying and reapplying sunscreen.
To be even on a safer side when going to the pool, consider enrolling your child into swimming lessons. This is a great idea for the summer if your child has not yet learned to swim!
At a Friend’s House
Before taking your child to their friend’s house, it’s important to speak to the host parent if your child has any concerns. Talk about any physical limitations, dietary restrictions, and allergies.
Make sure you leave them with another emergency contact in case you cannot be reached. Let them know what time you will be back to pick your child up.
At the Playground or Park
If you plan on spending the day at a playground or park, be sure to take a look at the playground equipment. Make sure that swings, jungle gyms, and other equipment are properly intact. Make sure you check the surfaces of metal bars or slides. If the day is particular warm or hot, they could burn your child’s hands or exposed skin, such as your child’s legs if they are wearing shorts.