Tips for Summer Safety

Help your kids have a carefree summer by reminding them to follow a few key safety tips. The days are long, the weather is warm, and opportunities for summer fun abound. Yes, the season of backyard barbecues and fireworks has arrived. To make sure your crew enjoys the summer to its fullest, take time to review best practices for seasonal safety as a family. Staying Secure in Every Setting

At the ballpark—Whether your child is kicking a ball or swinging a bat, make sure he or she is wearing equipment that fits properly and is in good repair. Additionally, if he or she gets bumped in the head by an object or knocks noggins with another player, you may need to consult a healthcare provider. Symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, headache and vomiting are signs of a concussion.

By the pool—If you have young children, keep an eye on them at all times when they are in the water. Remind everyone not to run near the edge and review the rules of diving before anyone takes the plunge. If the water is shallow, a headfirst dive is off-limits.

In the mountains—Before your kids head into the woods, make sure they apply insect repellent to keep mosquitoes and ticks away. Hike in groups, stay away from plants with three leaves on a single stem, and wear hats and long-sleeved pants and shirts.

On the beach—Young children or new swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when they are in or near the water. Also, remind your family to stay away from aquatic animals and plants, as they may be poisonous.

In every situation where your kids will be spending time outside, they should be wearing SPF 30, broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect them from UVA and UVB rays. Also, make sure your family stays hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.

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