School’s out and summer is finally in full swing. Across the country, families are celebrating the sunshine with cookouts, fireworks, sandcastles and road trips. Whether your plans include backyard barbecues or family vacations, we want to help you celebrate summer with these helpful safety tips.
- Buckling up on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car. Before you head out on the road, check your car seat.
- Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.
- If you’re planning to travel by air this summer, be sure to bring your child’s car seat onto the plane. Make sure it’s labeled “certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.”
- Before you visit, talk to friends and family about keeping small objects away from young kids. This includes medicine, button batteries, magnets and small toys and other objects that are tiny enough for children to swallow.
- Make sure your kids have the appropriate clothing and gear. Camps will often send a required packing list. Follow it.
- Give your children a few first aid basics such as when to use a bandage, what a tick might look like and how to spot poison ivy.
- Teach kids not to play with matches and lighters, and keep a bucket of water and a shovel near your camp fire. It’s important to supervise children around an open flame.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Designate a responsible adult to keep an eye on kids in the water at all times.
- Teach kids to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced child swimmers should still swim with a partner every time.
- Swimming supports such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but are not appropriate to be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Position the grill well away from siding and deck railings, out from under eaves and away from overhanging branches. Also keep them a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.
- Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to immediately report any loose matches or lighters to an adult.
About Safe Kids Washoe County
Safe Kids Washoe County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the No. 1 cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Washoe County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Washoe County was founded in 2000 and is led by Renown Health. For more information, visit Safe Kids.
Contributed by SafeKids Washoe County, Led by Renown Children’s Hospital.