June is National Safety Month. The National Safety Council focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Summertime means outdoor fun. This includes riding bikes, scooters, swimming, and tons of outdoor activities. Although we may be limited due to the coronavirus pandemic causing us to social distance. The summer months tend to be the most dangerous for children and teenagers as there is an intake in injuries.
If kids are active, there is a possibility they will get hurt. It may range from minor scrapes and bruises to severe injuries like fractures or a head injury. A few common incidents that occur among children are falls, drowning, or fatigue that leads to physical instability or misusing equipment that causes an injury. Here are some helpful tips that will allow you and your family to have a safe summer.
- Wear Protective Gear – When participating in contact sports and specific activities, it is essential to wear the appropriate protective gear for the activity. It is critical to wear a helmet whenever riding a bike, scooters, hover boards, in-line skates, or a skateboard. Other protective gear includes gloves, wrist guards, knee guards, elbow guards are advised to prevent scrapes, fractures, and head injuries.
- Pool Safety – If you decide to take children to the swimming pool and a lifeguard is not present; it is helpful to assign an adult water guardian. This person is responsible for watching the children who are in, near, or around the pool. A water guardian is to prevent emergencies, whereas a lifeguard is trained to rescue in the event of an emergency. Drowning can happen quickly and silently. Always remain alert when children are in or near the pool.
- Drink Plenty of Water – It is essential to stay hydrated while working, playing or participating in outdoor activities. If you plan to spend time outside, avoid sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. If you consume these products before or while in heat, it can cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, muscle cramping, and dizziness, which can lead to instability or misuse of equipment. Staying hydrated can prevent accidents, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.
- Car Accidents – Multiple variables can cause a car accident. The best way to avoid a car accident is to remain focused and adhere to the road rules. If your teenager gets involved in an accident, he or she should try to move the car to safety, call the police, and take pictures. Most disputes can be handled through the insurance company. If the child has a severe injury, it is good to consult with a car accident attorney about the best way to proceed.
We know how important child safety is to a parent. Although it is impossible to keep children out of harm’s way all the time, following these safety tips can help avoid serious injury. It is important to have a conversation with your children on safety guidelines when they explore different environments.