Summer Safety

Summer is quite possibly the best time of the year. The weather is nice and the kids are out of school, so days can be spent outside hiking through the woods, laying by the pool, or taking an afternoon bike ride. Summer can also be one of the most dangerous times of year for your children. Insect bites and bee stings, falling off a bicycle and scraping their knees, or even a sunburn can put a damper on both your summers. Below provides you with several safety tips to ensure you make the most out of this summer and keep the kids out of harm’s way.

Firework Safety
We all know that the fourth of July falls directly in the middle of summer and is usually filled with BBQs, picnics, and parties that all feature firework as a grand end to the night. The bad thing about fireworks is they can cause severe burns if not handled correctly. Some can reach temperatures of up to 1000 degree Fahrenheit. While a few are deemed safe for children, even sparklers are known to leave hands and fingers burnt. It is recommended that you attend a fireworks show run by professionals as opposed to hosting your own show in your backyard. If you do have your own display ready, make sure kids know the rules and stay a safe distance away from your fireworks.

Bug Safety
Warm weather means many different creepy crawlers come out of the woodwork. Contrary to what you may believe, most insects prefer the scent of something sweet and it is advised you do not use scented soap or perfumes on your children if they are going to be outside. Try to avoid areas where insects like to go such as stagnant pools of water, or flower beds where flowers are just beginning to bloom. Try to avoid dressing your child in prints that have bright colors and flowers on them since bees and wasps might think your child is their next stop for pollination. To remove a stinger, use a credit card to scrape it out of your child’s skin and make sure you use an approved salve to help the burn. Lastly, during evenings wear long sleeved shirts and pants to prevent mosquito bites. 

Bicycle, Scooter, and Skateboard Safety
Always make sure your child is wearing the proper protective gear when out on wheels. A helmet is a must, no matter what. It is also recommended that your child wear knee and elbow pads. It does not matter how close to home or how much supervision is present. One fall can put an end to your child’s entire summer if they break an arm or leg. When purchasing protective gear, a Slip and Fall Attorney in Las Vegas recommends looking for a label that indicates the gear meets the CPSC safety standard. 

We all want to make the best out of our summer and the best way to do that is to ensure your children stay safe. Follow the guidelines above and you and your family should be able to enjoy a worry free summer, free of pesky insect bites, burns, and scraped knees. Always remember to put sunscreen on your child before spending those fun-filled hours in the sun as well.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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