Summer Safety Tips
As you and your family enjoy your time off this summer, here are a few tips to stay safe and healthy!
- Protect the skin: Apply sunscreen anytime you are headed outdoors, reapply - every two hours or after swimming, sweating or toweling off.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Water is the best source of hydration, when it comes to warm weather. Stay hydrated at all times, not just while playing outdoors. Sugary drinks may worsen dehydration, water is the best!
- Maintain healthy eating habits: Summer is the best time for an ice-cream, but as you enjoy the treat, eating healthy will ensure you get all the vitamins and nutrients needed to fuel summer fun.
- Beware of hot cars: Always make sure no one is left behind in the car, as there is no safe situation, temperature or length of time to be left alone in a car parked in the heat.
- Ride your bike safely: Practice bike safety, including riding a properly fitted bike and wearing a properly fitted bike helmet.
- Practice water safety: Stay away from drain covers and fenced enclosures, wear life vests whenever required, take swimming lessons and CPR classes (if eligible).
- Ward off bugs: Bugs like to come out during summer too. Use insect repellent, watch-out for standing water, check for ticks to stay safe. Follow doctor’s guidance for treating bug bites and bee stings, if you run-in one.
- Safely enjoy fireworks: Young children should not handle sparklers or bottle rockets. Families should follow fireworks safety recommendations.
- Prevent playground mishaps: Find the age appropriate playground, make an adult touch the metal parts to make sure it's not too hot.
- Don’t overdo it: Kids of all ages should take breaks from playing outside by retreating into shade or air-conditioning every 20-30 min to cool off and hydrate.