Every summer, kids stream out of school heading to a pool, playground, or some other outside activity. While it is great to get kids outdoors, there are specific steps parents need to take to make sure their children stay safe all summer long.
According to James Fortenberry, M.D., the Pediatrician-in-Chief at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, “Unintentional Injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. Kids can’t wait for summer. However, along with school vacation, warm weather and outdoor sports comes an extra dose of responsibility for parents.”
Just because summer is an accident-prone time, does not mean kids need to stay inside. With some planning and effort, parents can educate themselves and their children about summer safety and find ways to have a safe, healthy and fun summer break. The experts at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta put together a list of five areas to focus on for summer safety.
1. Water Safety
It should go without saying that children around water can be a dangerous combination. Unfortunately, nearly 900 children die each year from drowning. It is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 14 and under.
Parents can prevent this fate for their children by teaching and practicing general water safety rules, using life jackets, and obtaining swim lessons for their children. An adult should always supervise children when they are around water.
2. Play Safety.
Summer means more daylight and therefore more outdoor activities. This combination can also add up to more broken ones and accidental injuries. Simply being aware of the areas where children can get hurt and having the appropriate safety equipment can prevent many injuries. Again, supervision is key.
Making sure the equipment, especially at a playground, is well-maintained and there are no moving parts that can pinch or trap a body part is important, too.
3. Sun and Skin Safety
Sunburns are not just a pesky annoyance. They can create serious injuries and even lead to cancer.