Summer! Time to head outside with the family and enjoy the weather and everything the Truckee Meadows has to offer. Play it smart with our summer safety tips.
Warm weather is here to stay, and that means outdoor fun for you and your family. From hiking, camping and biking to swimming at the local pool or the lake, the region offers no shortage of summer activities.
Prevent accidents and illness by taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your loved ones. Plan ahead: Carry sunscreen in your purse, take a water bottle or two when you leave the house and keep helmets easily accessible for the kids. Simple preemptive measures can make a big difference when it comes to health and safety.
Summer Safety 101
1. Be safe around the water
Learn to swim and teach your children how to swim. Wear life jackets and always supervise your children when they’re in and around water.
2. Never leave your child in the car unattended — not even for a minute
Cars can get extremely hot in a very short amount of time and can cause major health concerns and even death.
3. Wear sunscreen.
The FDA currently recommends everyone use at least SPF 15 if you are going to be exposed to the direct sun for prolonged periods of time. Reapplication is suggested every two-to-three hours and more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of water. Begin to apply sunscreen to your child at 6 months of age.
4. No helmet, no riding
All family members should wear a helmet when biking, riding a scooter or a skateboard. Make it a rule: No helmet, no riding. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a helmet, Renown Children’s Hospital has teamed up with Kohl’s Cares to educate kids and families about how to prevent head injuries with Save Your Skull, a year-round program that promotes helmet safety.
5. Stay hydrated
Kids in general have greater surface area to body mass ratio so they lose fluids faster than adults, putting them in danger of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Whenever your child mentions they’re thirsty have them drink. Typically this should be every 30-60 minutes. Be sure they drink clear fluids as they have the most water content.
Learn more about child and teen safety at Renown Children’s Services.