Summer time is here, and with all that free time kids are looking for fun things to do. Kids can find all sorts of things to have fun with but sometimes things go wrong.
It is estimated that one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that require medical attention. Almost half of all injury related emergency room visits happen between May and August. These statistics are bad, but we can do something about it. It is estimated that 90 percent of these accident can be prevented through educating parents and kids on how to stay safe while still enjoying summer vacation.
Pools are a lot of fun, but they can also be deadly. Never leave kids alone near the pool, no matter what their ages or swimming ability. There should be a fence around the pool and most cities require it. A fence can prevent 50 to 90 percent of drowning deaths.
More than 250,000 kids are injured on playgrounds each year. Check playground equipment before letting kids play on it. Surfaces often get hot in the summer and a child can suffer burns quickly. Use common sense with children’s clothing making sure there are no dangerous loose or dangling items that can get caught on equipment.
Nearly 300,000 kids are injured on bikes every year. Wearing a helmet while riding a bike can greatly reduce the chances of head injury. Having the right size bike is important too. To check, have the child straddle the top bar of the bike with both feet flat on the ground. There should be a 1 to 3-inch gap between the bar and the child’s body. Having the right size bike makes it less likely to get injured.
Above all on these hot summer days, keep your children hydrated. Staying hydrated in hot weather can reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Have fun this summer, just remember to be safe too.