When summer arrives kids are eager to soak up the sun and spend all day every day playing outside. However as the temperatures rise, and your family participates in the sun and water activities, you need to be alert to potential hazards.
HealthyChildren.org does a great job covering safety concerns for infants, toddlers, and children in the sun, at the pool, in a boat, or open water swimming.
Check out these tips about pool safety:
Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook – a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children and parents a false sense of security.
Children over age 1 may be at a lower risk of drowning if they have had some formal swimming instruction. However, there is no evidence that swimming lessons or water survival skills courses can prevent drowning in babies younger than 1 year of age.[Read more …]
Keeping track of kids while they are playing can be a difficult task – but keeping kids safe is worth it.
Have a great summer!