Summer Safety Tips for Little Ones
By Brandi Goodman
Summer can be fun for little ones. They get to get outside more often and have lots of options that allow them to explore. Summer can also be dangerous if you aren't careful. Some summer safety tips for little ones can help you keep them as safe as possible.
Supervise Tots In the Water
Never leave your toddler unattended in the water. Even if they know how to swim or have a life jacket, you never know when they'll put their face under or get pulled down. It only takes a few seconds of ingesting water to be enough to drown. Always supervise your kids and stay near them so you can jump in if necessary.
Never Leave Kids In the Car
You may think it's fine to run into the gas station or store for a few minutes while your child stays safe inside the vehicle. It's not! Never leave your kids in the car. You never know what may happen, and the heat in the summer is especially concerning. Even with the window slightly down, the temperature inside a vehicle rises quickly. It will be much too hot for them to stand and can be a fatal mistake.
Maintain Playground Equipment
If you have playground equipment in your yard, make sure that it's well-maintained. If pieces are falling apart, the ground has shifted and uncovered a sharp component, or something is damaged, it can lead to serious injury. You need to make sure the equipment is safe to use and doesn't have any hazards in sight. Check over playground equipment at a park as well and don't let your young ones play on it if there's a problem.
Keep Them Out of the Heat
Heat stroke is quite common in the summer. It's also easy to get dehydrated. You need to keep your kids out of the heat as much as possible. Make sure they have sunscreen, plenty of water, and find time in the shade if you are going to have them outdoors. It's also wise to limit outdoor time to early morning hours or in the evening when the sun's rays aren't so menacing.
Summer safety is extremely important for everyone, but especially little ones. Do everything you can to keep them safe and protected. It will make for a better summer for you and them.
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