Summer Safety Tips
Summer is here and with it comes fun! The National Traffic Safety Institute recommends the following safety tips to keep your summer fun.
- The first and best line of defense against the sun’s harmful rays is to wear a hat, put on sunglasses, and use sunscreen with a SPF no lower than 15. Make sure to reapply the sunscreen every two hours.
- Babies under six months of age should be kept out of the sun entirely.
- Heat stress can occur quickly in hot and humid weather. Limit intense activities to 15 minutes and drink plenty of fluids (water is best or use flavored salted beverages). Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight.
- Never leave children alone in or near a pool. Keep rescue equipment available.
- If your family will be boating, make sure that all children wear life jackets and that there is a life jacket available for all adults. Remember that inflatable water rings and toys are not considered life saving devices.
- If your family will be outdoors, don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays as they tend to attract insects. Use repellents, but be careful not to use products with more than 10% DEET on children. Avoid areas where insects nest, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods or places with concentrations of flowers. Do not wear clothes with flower prints. If stung by an insect, to remove a visible stinger from the skin, gently scrape it off horizontally with a credit card or your fingernail.
- When traveling, make sure that everybody is buckled up. Have snacks and water available in the vehicle. Make sure to have a first aid kit along. Arrange for friends or neighbors to pick up newspapers, mail, and packages. Tell your neighbors you’ll be gone. Arrange to have the lawn maintained.
The NTSI wishes you a safe summer!
Resource: American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 NW Point Blvd. Elkgrove Village, IL. 60007