Summer vacation is upon us, which could pose new safety problems for our children. Here are some helpful tips to keep summer hazards at bay:
1. Always be prepared by bringing water
Never expect that there will be a source of water at your destination. Fill up water bottles to bring along and if possible, put it in a cooler.
2. Know the warning signs of dehydration
According to Medicineplus.gov, these can include:
- Dry mouth
- Crying without tears
- Eyes that look sunken in
- Lack of urination for 3 hours or more
- Excessive drowsiness
3. If at a pool or beach, always be attentive to your child’s whereabouts
Never assume that a lifeguard has eyes on your child. Drowning can happen in just 18 seconds, and most often occurs quietly. This means that your child may not scream, splash, or shout for help. Additionally, 67% of all drownings (CDC.gov) occur in a backyard setting.
4. Do not leave children in a hot car
A hot car can reach 109 degrees in just 10 minutes and can be fatal. If needed, place important items (such as your phone or purse) next to your child in the car.
5. Cool down hot seatbelts before your child straps in
Seatbelts pose a burn risk. Cool the buckle down by applying a cold compress and make sure there is a barrier between your child’s skin and the belt.
6. Use sunscreen
Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors, even on cloudy days. Use generous amounts and reapply often, especially if swimming or excessively sweating.
Remember, summer is most fun when everyone is safe and healthy!