Make this Summer a Safe One

May 21st, 2015 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Kelley Vincentini, Injury Prevention Specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Summer is right around the corner and with the warm weather comes lots of fun activities for children and parents to enjoy! Unfortunately, these activities can lead to injuries which ruin the fun. The good news is that most of these injuries can be prevented by following some simple safety tips!

Stay safe at the playground!

  1. Actively supervise children at all times. Put your cell phone away.
  2. Ensure that children use age-appropriate playground equipment. There should be separate play areas for bigger kids and children under 5.
  3. Dress appropriately for the playground. No flip flops. Remove necklaces, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard.
  4. Teach children not to push or shove on the equipment.
  5. Avoid playgrounds with non-impact absorbing surfaces, such as asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt or gravel.

77279738Stay safe on a bike/scooter!

  1. Make sure your child wears a properly fitting helmet before getting on a bike, scooter, or anything with wheels. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent.
  2. Parents need to be good role models and wear helmets too!
  3. When riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights.
  4. Teach children to use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.

Stay safe around the grill!

  1. Keep children away from grills by declaring a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.
  2. Keep grills a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
  3. Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.

Stay safe around water!176820963

  1. Teach children to stay away from water unless they are with an adult.
  2. Have an assigned ‘water watcher’ (event at pools with lifeguards)– take shifts with other parents. This person is not on a cell phone, reading a magazine or having a conversation with someone else. There only job is to supervise the children in the pool.
  3. For older children that are strong swimmers, ensure they are always at the pool with a partner. No one should ever swim alone.
  4. When riding on a boat everyone needs to wear a properly fitting life jacket.
  5. Empty buckets, pails and bathtubs completely after each use.

Stay safe in the car!!

  1. Ensure all passengers are in an appropriate restraint – car seat, booster seat, seat belt.
  2. Keep children in the backseat until they are 13.
  3. Never leave a child alone in a car, not even for a minute.
  4. Make sure the car is locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

Following these simple safety steps will ensure your family has a fun-filled, and injury-free, summer!!

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