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! That means going outside and enjoying all kinds of summer activities. While everyone wants to have fun and enjoy the warm weather, it is important to take note of a few safety tips to avoid any accidents and other risks associated with summer related activities. Read our tips below to make this summer a safe one for adults and kids.

The dangers of heat stroke and the sun

Heat-related dangers can occur when the body’s temperature is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. So it is important to monitor them while they are doing any outdoor activities (particularly if the sun is out and there is no shade). Even the young and healthy can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during the hot summer months. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.
  • Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for early morning and evening hours.
  • Seek medical care immediate if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.

    A child’s skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors. Just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Cover up.
  • 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

    Drink water at least every 20 minutes. To prevent heat stroke, adults and children should stay hydrated when outside on hot and humid days, and it is imperative to keep hydrated if playing outdoor sports with little to no shade. Keep a cooler handy to keep drinks ice cold.

    During activities less than one hour, water alone is fine, but if you’re going to be outside for more than an hour, you should add a sports drink to replenish electrolytes.

    Preventing Injuries

    Every year in the United States, emergency rooms 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.
    • Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained. Be aware that some surfaces (such as slides and swings) could be scalding hot, and can cause severe burns, so check playground equipment temperatures before kids on them.
  • Use stair gates, which can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.
    A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity.

  • Learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
  • Make sure kids and teens wear the right protective equipment for their sport or recreation activity.

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