Due to theglobal pandemic, many families are spending a lot more time at home than ever before. What hasn’t changed is the priority of summer safety for kids. According to the Centers for Disease Controland Prevention,unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger.
It’s no surprise that kids are more prone to injuries during the summertime as they explore outdoors and maybe even wonder away from a parent’s supervision. To make sure your family stays safethissummer, here are some tips to help you avoid these common at-home accidents.
Backyard poolsare trending this year as many beaches and public pools are still closed this summer. Regardless on the type ofpool you have,water safetyis essential to prevent drowning, the second-leading cause of unintentional injuries for kids ages 1-14, according to theCDC.
Parents should actively supervise their kids in the pool (even if they might know how to swim). Other things to consider islearning CPR and ensuring your pool is covered to prevent a child from slipping in.
As it gets hotter out, kids can get sickwhen spending many hours outside. Keep an eye out if your child is sweating a lot or looks hot. Other signs of heat exhaustioninclude headaches, extreme tiredness or a rise in body temperature.
When hot, kids should cool off indoors or drink plenty of water. Parents should be cautious sinceheat exhaustion can quickly lead to heat stroke, according to Healthline.
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages trampolines at home because it can cause serious injuries. If you do have a trampoline, some safety guidelines recommended by Mayo Clinic is tokeep kids younger than 6from jumping and to avoid risky moves like somersaults or flips.
You can also install nets and pads that surroundthe trampoline. As always, there should adult supervision when kids are jumping.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, statesthe American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). It’s important that families are apply sunscreen regularly and choosing products with an effective SPF. The AAD recommends a SPF of higher than 30.
Other precautions to take include wearing a hat and sunglasses. Here is aguide on picking the best sunscreen for your family.
The high demand forbikesduring the pandemic should make parents weary of bike-related accidents. To prevent fatal injuries, everyone should wear a fitted helmet when riding. According to the CDC, helmets can reduce head injuries by 60 percent.
You should also check your bike equipment and check ifkids know how to control their bicycle. If the kids are riding alone, you should review the rules of the road and explain how to bike carefully around cars and pedestrians.
While most fireworks are illegal in Illinois, you still might see some neighbors setting them off this summer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were about 7,300 fireworks-related injuries in 2019.
Families should use be extra cautious when using fireworks, according to Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Make sure you light them in a spot away from trees and housesto avoid a potential fire. Don’t wear loose clothing and follow the directions of the fireworks closely. More importantly, kids should be very far away from any adult that islighting the fireworks.
Families might have more plans to gocampingorhikingthis summer. When out in nature or even in your own backyard, you should be protected to avoid dangerous bug bites. NorthShore University HealthSystem suggests wearing appropriate clothing and not usingany scented perfume or soap.
It’svery important to treat bites or pay attention if children have an allergic reaction. Wear bug spray or avoid walking barefoot on the grass.
The National Fire Protection Association state that seven out of every 10adults have a grill or smoker. July is also the peak month for grill fires. Keep your grill clean andplaced away from the home.
Children are also at risk of grill-related burns by accidentally bumping into or touching a hot grill. Never leave a grill unattended and it’s best to keep children (and pets) at least three feet away when grilling.