by Monica Garcia, ECI Regional Manager
With summer finally here, we are all excited for some fun in the sun however its important to remember some very important child safety tips to keep children safe while enjoying the outdoors. Whether you are getting ready for a trip to the beach/lake, a theme park or even your favorite local park for a picnic here is a list of things you will need to be prepared for to keep your vacation as positive as possible for everyone.
- Staying Hydrated- A cranky or fussy child may need water especially when spending time outdoors. Do not ignore your child’s request for a drink and try to encourage regular water breaks to avoid dehydration during prolonged sun exposure. Make sure kids drink plenty of fluids, but water is best. Breaks in the shade will also help to reduce excessive sweating and possible heat exhaustion.
- Hot Zones- With temperatures in the 100s its important to be mindful of how certain surfaces can be hot to the touch. This includes but not limited to car seats, outdoor playscapes and even outdoor tables and other furniture. Remember to dress children in clothes and shoes that provide a barrier to buckles, chairs, sidewalks, and other surfaces. Child safety tips such as this one are critical as the inside of a car can reach 109 °F in as little as 10 minutes.
- Water fun- Kids love water and pools are a great way to spend the day but remember that children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates. In the USA most accidental drownings occur in our own back yards. Children should never be left unsupervised in water regardless of child’s swimming abilities and how briefly they are unsupervised. Studies show that drowning can happen in as little as 18-30 seconds.
- Skin protection- Make sure to apply and reapply sunblock with SPF 30 or higher when your child is going to be outdoors. Be mindful of children’s eyes and encourage hats or sunglasses if your child will tolerate them to protect their face, eyes, and lips. While enjoying the outdoors its important to avoid/treat bug bites on our little ones. Avoid using heavily scented soaps and lotions and cover arms and legs as much as possible.
- Firework safety- Each year, in the USA, 10,000 people are treated for firework related injuries (1 out of 3 of these injuries are children under the age of 15). To help avoid firework injuries take the time to read firework instructions, use caution and avoid letting young children touch or light fireworks.
Following these child safety tips can help ensure you and your child enjoy a summer full of great experiences and fun.