Summer is just around the corner. Soon it will be time to head out on vacations and other fun, family activities. If you have children, it's time to start thinking about summer safety. According to studies, traumatic injuries to children can double during the summer. That doesn't mean that your kids can't have fun this summer. However, it does mean that you should take some extra precautions to help protect them from injuries. Here are three steps you can take to make sure your kids have a safe summer.
Provide the Proper Gear
Kids love to spend time outside during the summer. If your kids are going to be active in sports this summer, it's important that you provide them with the proper gear. Mouth guards should be used whenever your kids participate in activities that can harm their teeth. If your kids are going to be riding bikes this summer, make sure they have the appropriate bike helmets. It's also a good idea to enroll them in a bike safety program, especially if they're going to be riding their bikes on city streets. Finally, if your kids are going to be riding skateboards, be sure they have the proper gear, including helmets, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards.
Ensure Water Safety
When it comes to kids, summer and water are synonymous. If your kids are going to be swimming this summer, it's time to ensure their water safety. The first thing you should do is ensure that each child knows how to swim – or float if they're not old enough to swim yet. If you have a pool in your yard, be sure to have it equipped with either a security gate, or a water alarm. Water alarms are designed to alert when they detect a change in the water movement inside the pool. If you're going to be spending time where the pool is unprotected, be sure to provide adult supervision at all times.
Utilize Sun Protection
Summertime is sun time. If your kids are going to be spending time outside, bring on the sun protection. Apply sun screen before your child heads outside, and be sure to reapply it each time your child gets out of the water. It's also a good idea to provide them with a hat and sun glasses.
Now that summer is almost here, it's time to start thinking about safety. For other tips on how to keep your kids safe this summer, be sure to talk to your family physician or visit a site like http://www.bfpclinic.com for more information.