Getting Serious About Family Safety
Summer’s on the way, soon swimming and water-related activities will take center stage. Water sports and play are a popular way of enjoying the hot weather and getting some physical activity during the summer. A dip in the pool also has many health benefits. Here are some summer safety tips and suggestions to help you and your family keep safe while having fun.
Put the cell phone down. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted. Whenever your kids are in the water, they should have your undivided attention. And yes, chatting, checking email and other various activities you do on your phone are a distraction.
Know your skills. Adults and caregivers should get or refresh their CPR certification. Go to your local Red Cross and take a CPR class to get an official certification annually, preferably before summertime. This goes double if you have a pool. Young children should never swim alone. And having grownups around who understand water safety and have CPR skills makes sense.
If you go camping, hiking or walking trails in the woods or forests, it’s a smart idea to give your kids a whistle on a string to hang around their necks for safety. Before you head to the beach, park, playground or mountains this July; round-up your family and review summer safety tips that will make your day in the sun a safe one as well as fun.
Teach your young ones about stranger danger and review this with them periodically. For instance, children should not talk to unfamiliar adults when they are alone at a park, mall, shopping center or other or any other public place. To help keep your young ones safe from strangers, teach them to yell and run to a safe spot, such as a friend’s house or a nearby store if they feel they’re in danger.
Set up clear plans for pick-ups, drop-offs, and getting help or assistance if needed. Review your SHORT list of people the child can go with or get picked up by in an emergency. Role-play to see how they follow the guidelines you’ve given them. Make sure they have and can find all important phone numbers. Double check that they have memorized mom and dad’s cell phone numbers.
Kids 6 months and older, as well as any adults, should use sunscreens with a sunlight Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or greater. Sunscreen lowers the intensity of sunlight’s ultraviolet rays (UVRs) which cause sunburns. Apply sunscreen liberally 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure so it can absorb into the skin. This will cut the chance that it will be washed off. After that, reapply every couple of hours and after kids swim, sweat or dry off with a towel. For most people, proper application and reapplication are more important than using a product with a higher SPF value.
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While there, he also told me about CerVe lotion and how it was one of the best skin products out there. After buying and using it I found out he was right. The lotion and the sunscreen are both great for your skin.
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Watch out for shade
A summer safety tip I found out about while writing this post concerns the shade. Many people think sitting in the shade is an easy way to avoid UVR. Shade provides welcome relief from the heat and gives parents a false sense of security and safety about UVR protection. Folks can still sunburn in the shade because light is scattered and reflected. A fair-skinned person sitting under a tree can burn in less than under an hour.
Many people think sitting in the shade is an easy way to avoid UVR. Shade provides welcome relief from the heat and gives parents a false sense of security and safety about UVR protection. Folks can still sunburn in the shade because light is scattered and reflected. A fair-skinned person sitting under a tree can burn in less than under an hour.
Dangerous heat will continue to develop across the U.S.A. and much of the world without any relief in sight. Never, Never ever leave babies, young ones or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
Keep, babies out of the sun
Keep children younger than six months out of direct sunlight. Dress them in cool, comfortable clothes and wearing hats with brims. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says sunscreen can be used on infants younger than six months on small areas of skin if adequate clothing and shade are not readily available.
Make sure kids and teens wear proper protective equipment for his or her sport or recreational activity.
Before leaving kids home alone, consider the child’s age, their maturity level, and personality. Think about how long you’re going to be gone, how far away you will be. and whether there is someone available to check up on your son or daughter periodically.
Do you have any summer safety tips we need to know about? Let me know about them in the comment section below. Be careful out there and enjoy the spring and summer