Safety Tips for Summer Related Activities<br />
Safety Tips for Summer Related Activities
Safety Tips for Summer Related Activities

Safety Tips for Summer Related Activities


Summer is here, the best time of the year for outdoor activities. Here are some tips to avoid any accidents and other risks associated with summer related activities.


The dangers of heat stroke and the sun to children


Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk of heat stroke. So it’s important to keep an eye on them during any outdoor activities (especially if the sun is out and there is no shade). Even children in excellent health can get heat stroke while participating in physical activities during the hot summer months. The best defense is prevention.


  • Neither children nor pets should be left alone in a parked car during the day for any period of time.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities in the early morning and evening hours.
  • Make sure you know where the nearest hospitals are located and go to a hospital immediately if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.


Use the 20-Minute Rule


Keep a cooler handy to keep drinks ice cold and drink water at least every 20 minutes. To prevent heat stroke, adults and children should stay hydrated when outside especially if the activities take place somewhere with little or no shade. During activities less than one hour, water alone is fine, but if you’re going to be outside for more than an hour, consider having a sports drink to replenish electrolytes.


Preventing Injuries


ER’s treat more than 200,000 kids ages 14 and younger for injuries related to playground activity. Slip and falls at home and on the playground are a common cause of injury.


  • Supervise young children at all times around hazards such as stairs and playground equipment.
  • Prior to children using playground equipment check and feel how hot the surfaces are. Some equipment such as playground swings and slides could be scalding hot, causing severe burns.
  • Take head injuries seriously. Learn to identify concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs. Concussions can occur during any sport or play related activity.
  • Make sure kids and teens wear the right protective equipment while engaging in their favorite sport.


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