Summer brings a number of safety challenges for young outdoor adventurers, not to mention for concerned parents. Here are a few easy ways to keep your kids safe this season.
In the water
Start them early! It’s never too soon to sign up for swim lessons. Always keep a close eye on kids at the pool, lake or ocean, and insist on life jackets when you’re on a boat. Make sure you know the signs of secondary drowning and brush up on CPR skills.
In the sun
Powerful sun rays can cause burns in a matter of minutes, even on a cloudy day. Liberally apply a high-SPF sunscreen 30 minutes before any outdoor activity, and don't forget hats and sunglasses.
In the woods
If it’s too warm to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, spray kids down with insect repellent before spending time in the woods. Avoid using sweet-smelling soaps, perfumes, or lotions that can tempt bees and wasps. If your child has a life-threatening allergy to stings, don’t leave home without a pre-filled epinephrine injector.
In the car
On hot days, temperatures inside a closed car can quickly reach deadly levels. Never leave kids alone in a vehicle, even for a short errand, and double-check the backseat every time you exit.
On the bike
Gear up for safety by outfitting your child with a properly sized bike helmet. If they’re cycling alone or with a friend, know their route and check in with them during the ride.