Keep kids safe this summer

Keep kids safe this summer


School’s out! Pools, parks, lakes and backyards are jammed with kids. Their energy is explosive; so is the potential for injury. Here are some reminders for parents on keeping kids safe this summer.

l Bike helmets—Roughly 400 deaths per year occur because kids don’t wear helmets.

l Baseballs—Check out safety baseballs, an intermediate-grade baseball that’s softer than a regular baseball. Sudden death from baseball injuries to the chest occurs 5 to 10 times a year among young kids.

l At the Pool—Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. Make sure adults are trained in CPR.

l Barbecue Grills & Other Flammables—Outdoor grills can be an issue for the inquisitive mind of a 2-year-old, and also for the challenging mind of an 8-year-old.

lLawnmower Safety—Riding lawnmowers are accidents waiting to happen. No child under 12 should be allowed on them.

l Heat Safety—When heat and humidity are high, limit time outside. Keep children well hydrated.

l Bug Safety—Don’t use scented soaps on children and use child-type insect repellent.

l Travel Safety—Keep supplies with you, like snacks, water, a first aid kit and any medicine your child takes.

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