We are now officially in summer! So, whether you have plans this summer for a big family vacation or if a staycation is more your speed, here are a 6 helpful safety tips for you and your family to make this summer a little more stress-free.
1) Stay Hydrated Sure, this seems simple enough, but not taking care of yourself and your children during outside activities can cause dehydration, which only leads to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other heat-related dangers.
Dehydration can occur quickly in younger children especially in children ages 2 years and younger. Signs of dehydration can be headaches, crankiness, children not being able to run as fast as they normally do, and easily distracted. If you feel that your child might be suffering from dehydration, immediately move him to a shaded area or to an air-conditioned facility. Children should take frequent breaks to drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
The rest of the family is not exempt from the dangers of being dehydrated. Proper hydration is important for every family member including Fido.
2) Wear Sunscreen Annually, over 2 million people are diagnosed with some sort of skin cancer. Try and plan your activities in the early morning or in the evening to avoid the sun’s harshest rays. Plan ahead and apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before your outdoor activity. Remember applying sunscreen just once is not enough. Frequent reapplication is important in protecting your skin against the harmful rays. See more information about sunscreen here.
3) Take Care of Your Car The heat can not only be harmful to you without proper care, it can also be harmful to your vehicle, and this can lead to unfortunate situations if you’re traveling with the family.
- Make sure your tires are not low on air. High temperatures and low air pressure can lead to an increased chance of a blowout.
- Just like hydration is important for you, it is equally important in vehicles. Check levels of fluids in your vehicles before any major travel to prevent potential breakdowns.
- Check your filters to help ensure top performance of your air conditioner which we all know is a must during the high temperatures of summer.
- If it has been longer than 3 years since you have changed your battery, you might want to have a technician take a look at it to make sure your battery is still in tip top shape.
4) Use Caution with Fireworks The 4th of July occurs in the heart of the summer, and many people celebrate with fireworks. While they certainly are pretty, fireworks can be dangerous if not used safely. According to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.”
To help you not be one of those people here are a few tips:
- Young children should never handle fireworks. An adult should always remain present supervising the use of fireworks, even sparklers that appear harmless enough can reach up to 2,000 degrees.
- Always have a bucket of water ready to put out fireworks.
- Wear safety goggles whenever you are lighting and handling a firework. Do not consume alcoholic beverages when getting ready to shoot off fireworks.
- When shooting off fireworks, do so away from people and in a clear outdoor area.
- Do not attempt a DIY project with fireworks instead purchase from a reliable source.
- If you attempt to light a firework and it doesn’t light, do not attempt to relight it again.
Check your local county laws about whether or not shooting off fireworks is legal to do in your neighborhood. There are many counties with a strict “No Fireworks” laws.
5) Stay Safe in the Water Whether it is a backyard pool or a nearby lake, people love enjoying the summer near the water. Children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk to drown, and boys are almost twice as likely as girls to drown. Never leave a child unattended by water. A child can drown in as little as a few centimeters of water. Always use the buddy system and never swim alone. Do not rely on kids’ “water wings,”, “noodles,” or other type of flotation devices - instead look for coast guard approved life jackets.
6) Be Attentive in Crowds When attending a crowded event with small children, it is easy to get separated quickly. Get in the habit of taking a quick snapshot of your kiddos right before heading out or right when you get out of the car at the event. This way you have a picture of your children wearing the same outfit that they would have on at the event. This little extra step will help you have an accurate description and photo of what your kids are wearing so that you can keep attentive
What are some key safety tips you use to ensure that your family enjoys a safe and happy summer? Share with us in the comments!