Summer Safety Keeps the Summer Fun Going
Summer is upon us Chicagoland, and that means fun, sun and, unfortunately, plenty of accidents waiting to happen. You might think you’re prepared, but are you?
From fireworks precautions to safe biking, here are 5 highlights from the 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics Summer Safety Tips list to keep you and your family safe over the next couple of months.
1) BOOM Goes Your Summer, and Maybe Your Finger!
Fireworks are as American as apple pie, but did you know that sparklers and other novelty fireworks can reach temperatures of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and account for 34% of emergency room visits, according to the National Fire Protection Association? Your best bet is to leave fireworks to the professionals, but, if fireworks make your summer, make sure to your children are supervised and always stay a proper distance from any lit firework. Summer safety keeps the summer fun going.
2) The Buzz on Insect Repellants
Everyone hates mosquitoes, but, according to a Harvard University study, only 40% of U.S. adults take steps to prevent mosquito bites, despite the real risk of West Nile and other bite born viruses. There’s are an endless selection of products out there, but one size certainly doesn’t fit all, especially when it comes to small children. The AAP and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that kids older than 2 months should only use products with 10% to 30% DEET, the active ingredient that keeps skeeters away. Most importantly, DEET should not be applied to the skin of children younger than 2 months of age. Check out Consumer Reports for the best natural and chemical based repellants to boost summer safety.
3) Summer Safety on Two Wheels
Bicycling is all the rage and this year alone we’ve spent over $900 million on bikes and bike accessories, according to Bicycle Retailer. But with increased traffic and summertime construction, safety is more important than ever. The AAP recommends that everyone in your family should wear a helmet that bears a label or sticker certifying that it meets the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standard. And, fashion doesn’t count on the road! Your helmet should be level on your head, cover the forehead and not be tipped forward or backwards. Don’t take chances with summer safety!
4) The Joys and Perils of Lawn Mowing
Each Summer the media reports horror stories about lawn mowing accidents involving small children. Mowing the lawn might seem an innocent, passive activity but it’s a potential death trap without proper safety measures. The AAP says that adults should never allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers, and, to keep them safe from flying debris, kids should never be in the yard without eye protection.
5) It’s Not Always a Playground
According to the CDC, 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated at emergency rooms each year for playground-related injuries. Playground age and construction varies widely, but parents can protect their kids by choosing play-gyms with rubber matting or flooring that uses loose-fill materials like shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bark. However, adult supervision is what really puts the “S” in playground safety. Watch your kids like a hawk and never ever attach—or allow children to attach—ropes, jump ropes, leashes, or similar items to play equipment.
Now that you know the facts, you’re ready to have a great, safe Summer!