Safety Tips for the Best Summer Ever
Summer is a great time to be a kid! With no school, perfect weather, and plenty of opportunities for adventures, summer is a carefree and exciting time. However, as kids spend more time outside, the chances of accident or injury greatly increased. Over the summer, some common culprits of childhood injuries include playground equipment, swimming pools, trampolines, and grills.
When kids leap between monkey bars, rush down slides, or spin on the merry-go-round, minor bumps and bruises are expected, and many playground injuries can be remedied with ice or a bandage. Sometimes, though, serious injuries, like broken bones or head trauma, can occur if the playground equipment is unsafe. Equipment might be loose or broken, dangerously rusted, or contain harmful materials, like bits of glass.
Before letting the kids play on a community playground, make sure the area looks clean and safe. Check for any broken equipment, particularly loose, broken, or sharp parts. If possible, find a playground with a softer surface, like mulch or shredded tires. In the event of a fall, this will make for a softer landing. Regardless of if the playground is in a park or your own backyard, remind kids to be careful. Teach them not to roughhouse or inappropriately use equipment, and make sure they are always under the watchful eyes of a trusted adult.
During those crazy hot days, a dip in the pool is a great way for kids to get outside and stay cool. Compared to an ocean or lake, a backyard or community pool might seem like a perfectly safe place for kids to play. However, drowning is a leading cause of death among children, particularly children under the age of 5, and many deaths occur in family pools. Drowning can occur very quickly—a parent can go inside to get a snack or answer the phone, and return to a tragedy.
Like at the playground, supervision is important. When children are in the pool, an adult should be present at all times. For very young children, or children who are inexperienced with swimming, an adult should be in the pool with them, and be a few feet away.
Even when the pool isn’t in use, there are still precautions you can take to prevent accidents. Put up fencing around the pool, and make sure the latches are out of reach of young children. Don’t leave any toys floating in the pool, because that could entice children.
Trampolines are often overlooked, but they are a major cause of injuries among children. A wrong bounce or fall can lead to broken bones, head trauma, or even spinal injuries or paralysis. This is why it’s important to make sure kids know the rules about trampolines. Don’t allow more than one person on the trampoline at a time, and warn against risky jumps or other maneuvers. If the trampoline is in your backyard, place it away from trees, buildings, or other equipment. Like with the pool, avoid leaving anything around that could entice children to the trampoline when it’s not in use.
While grilling and campfires might be a more adult activity, a curious child can easily wander right into a burn injury. When hosting an outdoor cookout, keep any harmful materials, like knives or charcoal, away from children. Make sure children aren’t playing near the cooking area, where they could bump into something or brush against some flames. If children want to help, give them a simple task, like setting out placemats or tossing a salad. If there is going to be alcohol involved while cooking, make sure a responsible adult will be available to be the designated sober child watcher.
Now let summer begin!
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