Protecting your family this summer

Your kids love summer! They don’t have to go to school, they can stay up late, and best of all—they have all day to play. Follow the safety tips below to make sure their summer memories are safe ones.

Ride safely!

Make sure your kids are secured in the appropriate child safety seat or safety belt for their age and size.

Kids should always be secured in the back seat.

Study both your vehicle owner’s manual and child safety seat instructions carefully.

Swim Safely!

Always supervise young children near water, including pools, spas, toilets, bathtubs and buckets.

Insist your children wear personal flotation devices when out on boats, near open bodies of water or participating in water sports.

Wheel Safe!

Make sure your kids wear properly fitting helmets and other protective gear every time they ride their bikes, scooters, inline skates or skateboards.

Teach your children the rules of the road and practice obeying traffic laws with them.

Walk Safely!

Never let your child younger than 10 cross the street alone. Teach children to obey traffic rules.

Make sure your kids wear retro reflective materials, and don’t let them walk alone at night. If they must walk at dawn or at dusk, make sure they carry a flashlight.

Play Safely!

Always supervise your children at playgrounds or in the back yard. Make sure they play on a safe surface, such as mulch, rubber or fine sand.

Make sure your kids wear the right, properly fitted protective gear when they practice and play team sports.

(Information from the National Safe Kids Campaign.)

From the June 7-13, 2006, issue

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