With the kids home from school all summer, it’s a great time to have some extra family fun. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous times of the year. Follow these simple tips to keep your family safe in the summer.
- Stay cool. Playing outside and getting some sun is great. However, to prevent any heat-related illnesses, remember to stay cool by wearing appropriate clothing, staying hydrated, using sunscreen, and seeking the shade when you can. Also remember to never leave a child or pet unattended inside a vehicle.
- Water safety. Make sure all children use appropriate flotation devices. The “puddle jumpers” are a popular and functional choice for young children. Also, never leave your children unattended in the water and do not rely on the lifeguard to watch your children. Consider enrolling children ages 3 and up in swimming lessons.
- Don’t get bitten. Bug bites are not only a nuisance, but can lead to insect-related diseases like Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and others. Use an insect repellant while playing outdoors and check everyone, including yourself, for ticks.