Summer Safety Tips for Elementary Students
The kids came home from the last day of school and they are so excited to have fun over summer vacation. Take a moment and get familiar with a few summer safety tips to make this summer truly fun-filled and pain-free.
You already know the importance of drinking lots of water. Make sure the kids are drinking enough water before, during, and after playing, especially if they are outside in the hot weather. The rule is to drink 5 oz. (or about 10 gulps) every 20 minutes of outdoor activity. Prepare extra water and watch for signs of dehydration such as thirst, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, cramps, and headache.
- Check that the ground cover for the playground is safe (maintained with soft mat, sand, rubber, wood chips, etc.).
- Surfaces, especially metal, can get very hot during the summer. Check the surface with your hand before kids climb on.
- Check for any broken or loose parts and screws.
- Make sure the surface of the slides is clean and safe.
- Don’t let the kids carry unnecessary items that can strangle or injure them.
- Have the kids put on comfortable and fitting shoes.
- Children are more likely to get injured on a trampoline with more than one person on it.
- Never leave children unattended.
- Jumping into a cold pool can cause cold water shock (causes muscle contractions and hyperventilation, which can lead to drowning). At the first time getting into the pool, walk slowly into the water and gradually adapt to the water temperature.
- Check that the surfaces in and around the pool are smooth and safe.
- Make sure children are not running or goofing off on wet paving. Wet surface gets very slippery and can lead to serious injury.
- A lifeguard must be on site.
- Formal swimming lessons can significantly lower the chance of children drowning.
- Inflatables (floaties) does not guarantee to save a life.
- Take breaks to rest and drink water.
- Never leave children unattended, even for a short time.
- Children must always wear a helmet, no matter how short the ride is. Help the children develop a habit of wearing it every time.
- Purchase a helmet that fits well and is comfortable, and meets the official safety standard.
- When properly worn, a helmet should be level on the head and cover the forehead. The strap should be securely fastened. Test the tightness by fitting about two fingers between chin and strap.
During every Fourth of July weekend, emergency rooms are crowded with patients with fireworks injuries. Firework accidents cause burns, blindness, scars, and even death. Take the children to the community fireworks events organized by professionals, and do not use fireworks at home. Keep the children at a safe distance from the fireworks and do not leave them unattended at the fireworks displays.