Tips to Keep Kids Safe During Summer
- For children under 4 or any child who is not a strong swimmer, if you want them to play in water, alsways supervise them within arm’s reach, even in shallow water. This is what the AAP calls, “touch supervision.”
- So just take water safety VERY seriously and never leave a child unattended even for a moment where there is any chance of drowning.
- Regardless of age and ability, adult supervision is of paramount importance. I drive this home because I don’t want to see any kids losing lives over completely preventable circumstances or for any parents and other loved ones to have to deal with the pain and aftermath of such a tragedy. A responsible adult needs to focus on children 100% of the time, when near or in the water. No distractions!
- Remember, no child or adult is “drown proof.” Keep in mind that children can drown in many different water sources including: bathtubs, toilets, buckets, baby pools, backyard swimming pools, community pools, streams, creeks, lakes, rivers, oceans and other places. OK! Soapbox done!
- If you own your own pool, be aware of the pool barriers laws. Use a legally approved pool barrier device and make sure it is installed and operating properly. Even then, it’s not always fullproof against kids as they age or visiting older kids who cannot swim (think pool fences that can be climbed)
- For kids over 10 and adults The safest place for bicycle riding is on the street, where bicycles are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motorists and ride in the same direction.
- Children less than 10 years old, are better off riding on the sidewalk. however, since they are not mature enough to make the decisions necessary to safely ride in the street.
- Teach your kids to Watch for vehicles coming out of or turning into driveways.
- Teach your kids to Stop at corners of sidewalks and streets to look for cars and to make sure the drivers see you before crossing.
- Teach your kids to Enter a street at a corner and not between parked cars. Alert pedestrians that you are near by saying, “Excuse me,” or, “Passing on your left,” or use a bell or horn.
- Always have your child wear a properly sized and fitted helmet. The Summer Safety class covers these 6 steps.
- Always wear a helmet when you ride to set an example. A child who rides with companions and/or adults wearing helmets is more likely to wear a helmet himself.