Kids Running in SummerSchools will be out very soon, if they aren’t already, and the kids will need something to do to release all their pent-up energy. Summer is a great time to take them outside and let them have all sorts of fun and adventures – but it doesn’t come without its hazards. Read through some of these great tips to learn how to keep your kids – and you – safe this summer.

General Safety Tips:

  • Never leave your children to play without supervision. This need will go away after a certain age, but younger children should always have an adult watching them.
  • Learn about signs of concussions and heat-related sickness. These can be very dangerous to younger children especially, as they can’t communicate what they are feeling.
  • Check where you and your kids are heading to play or adventure – know the dangers that may be in the area such as equipment that is not properly maintained.
  • Keep a supply of water nearby to make sure you and your family stay hydrated!

Sun Safety Tips:

  • Apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 for play time outside.
  • Do not leave infants, children, or even pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked.
  • Use mornings and evenings as play time to avoid the hottest hours with the most direct sunlight.
  • Make sure infants and younger children are dressed in light-colored, lightweight, and loose-fitting clothing to help them keep cool.

Water Safety Tips:

  • Make sure children do not have access to any pools without your guidance.
  • Do not rely on lifeguards alone to watch over your kids.
  • Sign up for a CPR class. You never know when this training may be needed.
  • For children over the age of 3, look at local pools for swimming classes you can sign them up for.

Bug Safety Tips:

  • Avoid areas where insects are known to congregate, like stagnant pools of water.
  • Use insect repellant with 10-30% DEET. Unlike sunscreen you need to apply sparingly and remove with soap and water when you come in from outside.
  • After playing outside, especially near woods and tall grasses, check yourself and children for ticks.
  • Try to avoid interaction with strange animals such as stray dogs and cats.

For more great tips, make sure you check out these great resources from the CDC , American Academy of Pediatrics, AAFP, and be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any other questions or concerns about the safety of you and your kids. Keeping these tips in mind you and your family are sure to have a great summer!