During the summer months, many kids spend more time being active outdoors. Unfortunately bumps, bruises, scrapes, and scars are sometimes a side effect of summertime fun. Before your family gears up to head outside this summer, take some time to learn and put important safety tips into practice.
1. Make first aid kits for your home and car. Check out this list of suggested items to include from the American Red Cross and make sure everyone in your family knows how to use them.
2. Get CPR certified. Many organizations such as local fire stations or the Y.M.C.A. offer first aid and CPR classes. Enroll in a local course with your distance learner to obtain certification that could help you save a life.
3. Create a list of emergency numbers and post it near a phone for easy access. Include numbers for local emergency services, such as the ambulance, fire, and police departments, as well as the names and numbers of health care providers, emergency friend and family contacts, and workplaces to be used by visitors.
4. Prep for severe weather and natural disasters. Whether you live in a region prone to tornadoes, flash floods, wildfires, or earthquakes, talk with your student about the phenomenon to ensure they know what to do if an emergency arises.
5. Wear safety gear when using recreational equipment. Take the time to discuss with your student the benefits of sporting a lifejacket while boating and wearing a helmet and pads while biking, skateboarding, or rollerblading. To promote these healthy habits, be sure to lead by example and wear your gear each time you participate in activities as a family.
6. Be smart in the sun. Study the impact sun and heat exposure can have on an individual's health. Help prevent harm by stocking up on sunscreen with sufficient UVA and UVB protection and encouraging your student to drink plenty of water on warm days.
What other tips do you have for staying safe this summer?