Resources for Families

Summer Safety Tips

Long summer days unfortunately bring with them an increased risk of injuries as children spend more time outdoors in active play. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you take the following precautions to make sure your children are safe:

  • Don't rely on sunscreen alone to protect children from the sun. A combination of protective clothing, hats with a broad brim and sunglasses along with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 should be worn.
  • Make sure children drink plenty of water before any outdoor activities and periodically while playing, even if they donít feel thirsty.
  • Choose activities that are not too strenuous for the temperature and humidity and make sure children are dressed in light-colored and long-sleeved lightweight clothing. Try to choose a shaded play area so the activities can take place in the fresh air but in the shade.
  • Never leave children alone in or near a pool...even for a moment. Even shallow baby pools pose a drowning danger to young children. An adult should be within armís length at all times when infants or toddlers are in or around water.
  • Avoid areas where ticks are known to occur and examine children frequently for ticks and remove any ticks immediately.
  • Don't use scented soaps, perfumes, or hair sprays on children or dress them in bright flowery prints, as these attract bees and wasps.
  • Children should always wear helmets and protective gear when riding bicycles, skateboards and scooters. Never allow children to ride near traffic, at dusk or after dark.

Have a safe and active summer with your children!!!!

Summer safety tips taken from www.ucsfchildcarehealth.org 5/27/08.