Summer Safety

Summer Safety Picture

Fun in the Sun:

Babies under 6 months of age:

    • To prevent sunburn, avoid sun exposure.

    • Dress infants in light weight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats that shade the neck.

    • Use sunscreen whenever adequate clothing and shade are not available.  Apply minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF.

Children over the age of 6 months:

    • Limit sun exposure during peak intensity (hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

    • Wear a brimmed hat.

    • Wear sunglasses.

    • Use sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours.

Heat stress in exercising children:

    • When engaging in outdoor physical summer activities children should drink freely and should not feel thirsty.

    • Children should drink water or a sports drink every 20 minutes while active in the heat.

Water safety:

    • Never leave children unattended near bodies of water.

    • Children should wear life jackets at all times when on boats and on/or near docks.

    • Never swim alone - always swim with a buddy.

    • Encourage your kids to take swim lessons and teach them about water safety.

Fireworks:

    • Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurements that can last a lifetime.

    • Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach a temperature above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and can burn users and bystanders.

    • Families should attend community fireworks displays run by professionals rather than using fireworks at home.

Bug safety:

    • Avoid using scented soaps, perfumes, or hair spray.

    • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate such as areas of standing water, uncovered food and flower gardens.

    • Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect related diseases.

Bicycle, skateboard and skate safety:

    • Wear helmets and proper protective gear.

    • Teach your child where they can safely ride (away from moving traffic).