Ah summer! That’s a word that every kid knows and loves. Warm weather means outdoor fun — swimming, baseball, riding bikes, jumping on trampolines, etc. Summer, from a kid’s point of view, ranks right up there with Christmas — and it lasts longer!
You get the picture. Kids love summer, and summer was just made for kids. You want your kids to love every minute of their summer vacations, and the best way to do that is to take the steps needed to prevent accident and injuries from happening. Nothing brings summer fun to a sudden halt faster than a trip to the emergency room!
Safety Tip #1:
Put layers of protection around your backyard pool, whether it is an above-ground or in-ground pool. The pool is a major attraction to kids — your own, and every kid within several blocks. Place barriers completely around the pool. Install door and pool alarms and certainly carefully monitor the children when they are in the pool.
Safety Tip #2:
Make rules about using the trampoline and enforce them. NO SOMERSAULTS, AND ONLY ONE CHILD ON THE TRAMPOLINE AT A TIME! Be sure that there is a shock absorbing pad that completely covers the springs. Kids under six should not be allowed to jump on a full-size trampoline.
Safety Tip #3:
Safety equipment (helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads) should always be used when children are skating, riding bikes, skateboarding, horseback riding, riding scooters, riding all-terrain vehicles, etc.
Safety Tip #4:
Remove all places that children might choose to hide during a game of hide-and-seek, like old cedar chests, latch-type freezers and refrigerators, iceboxes in campers, clothes dryers, and picnic coolers. These kinds of things can become deadly for children who get trapped in them.
The most important safety tip for parents to keep their kids safe during the summer months is to use plain old common sense! Light-colored loose clothing, plenty of fluids, sunscreen, etc.