With the dog days of summer just around the corner, parents and caregivers should take caution while participating in outdoor activities. It’s easy for parents to forget something as simple as putting on sunscreen, but these little mistakes can lead to big consequences. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe while having fun in the sun.
- Wear Protective clothing including a brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Apply Sunscreen at least 30 mins before going outside. Make sure sunscreen has UVB protection and at least a 15 SPF.
- Try to stay in the shade as much as possible when outside in extreme heat.
- Peak hours for heat are between 10:00 AM-6:00PM try to avoid exposure between these times if possible. If you do go out make sure you apply sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing that protect you from the heat.
- Adult supervision is required at all times to prevent accidents Practical Touch supervision which involves an adult with in arms length to be in charge of monitoring children in the water.
- A child can drown in many different water sources including, lakes, ponds, bathtubs,baby pools,lakes, oceans, etc. Make sure that they are supervised at all times.
- Parents must supervise their children without disstractions. If an adult needs to leave the area for any reason they must designate another adult in charge and let the children know who is in charge.
- It is very important to keep well hydrated at all times.
- Do not wait until your child says that they are thirsty offer them something to drink. Make sure they are drinking water during and after every outdoor activity.
- Take lots of shade breaks with your kids.
- Seek medical attention if you or your child develop any sign of heat related illness.
- Make sure your child is wearing an appropriate helmet at all times when they are on anything with wheels.
- Make sure your child’s helmet fits them properly and is not too tight or too loose.
- Make sure you’re using the correct helmet for each activity.
- Adults should make sure that they are using a helmet themselves.
- Helmets are lifesaving and can prevent serious injuries in both adults and children
- Teach your child to walk, not run, across the street.
- Children should only cross with an adult or an older responsible child.
- Teach your child to use sidewalk as much as possible and always cross at intersections and crosswalks.
- Always hold your child’s hand when you are near a moving or parked vehicle.
- Adults should always set a good example to their children.
Remember to have fun and be safe this summer!