Summer is here, which means lot’s of fun times outdoors with friends! However, with the outdoors, comes a few safety concerns for most parents. But no need to worry! We’ve compiled a list of safety tips for you to share with your children and ensure this summer is full of fun and not doctor visits.
Build a First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a handy thing to have in both your home and your car. Adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, and aspirin are all important components to a basic first aid kit. You should also include extra doses of any prescription medications you and your family need. Check the kit every few months to make sure nothing has expired. Getting started on your first aid kit is easy! Amazon sells complete kits, or you can assemble your own from the travel-sized section at your grocery store.
Keep Mosquitos and Ticks from Bugging You
They’re more than pests; they carry nasty diseases that can spoil your family’s summer fun. Use an effective insect repellent when you’re playing outside and keep your backyard tick-free by removing leaf debris, clearing tall grasses and brush, and mowing the lawn frequently.
Always Wear a Lifejacket in Open Water
Even if your kids are strong swimmers, it’s important that they wear a properly-fitted lifejacket when boating, rafting, or floating in rivers and other bodies of open water. When something goes unexpectedly wrong, panic can lead to danger no matter your child’s swimming skill level. These days, lifejackets come in all shapes and sizes and don’t need to stop you from having fun!
Put On a Helmet
Whether it’s a bike or a scooter, protect those precious noggins when going out for a ride! Most moderate-to-severe head injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet. If parents lead by example, it should be no sweat to put on a helmet before heading out. In the old days, helmets weren’t considered “hip” but these days you’re way more likely to get attention for not wearing one.
Keep the water bottles flowing when you’re playing outside this summer! Dehydration can result in cracked lips, dry skin, dizziness, and a whole lot worse. Take plenty of breaks in the shade and drink up. It’s much easier to stay hydrated than to get re-hydrated after being dehydrated (now say that five times fast).
Stay safe this summer, and we’ll see you at camp!!