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Summer Safety for Preschool Children

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Summer Safety for Preschool Children


Sumer is almost here!  Children will be outside more often and it is important to think about keeping them healthy and safe as they enjoy time learning, exploring and playing in the great outdoors.


1. Practice Summer Sun Safety for Kids

a)      Use sunscreen to protect their skin. Apply generously at least 30 minutes before they head outside and after swimming or active play.  Use a sunscreen with UVA and UVB blocking and at least a 15 SPF level

b)      Dress for the sun.  Use wide-brim hats and tightly woven cotton clothing.

c)      Don’t forget to protect the eyes.  Look for kids' sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.

d)      Children still need sun protection on cloudy days, too.


2. Avoid Bug Bites

a)      Use insect repellents.  Check the label for ingredients.  Products containing DEET is the most effective.  If the repellent includes DEET, do not apply to child's hands or face and wash it off before bed.   You can also look for repellent that contains picaridin, You may prefer natural alternative but be sure that it is still safe for your children.  Check with you doctor about the right solution for your family.

b)      Wear clothing that covers the child’s arms and legs when the held outside where mosquitos are present.  This is especially true after dusk.

c)      Make sure your yard and area is free from standing (stagnant water).  Mosquitos breed and gather around standing water and will draw them to your yard.  Dump any buckets, wading pools, etc. after using them.

d)      Avoid scented soaps and lotions and walking with sweetened foods and drinks.  Sweets and smells can draw insects to your child and increase risk of being stung by insects like wasps.


3. Prevent Dehydration

Make sure your child has plenty to drink, especially when playing outside or participating in sports.  Water is the best and healthiest option.  Be sure to drink before, during and after activities.


4. Use Helmets

When your child is playing on their bike, scooter, skates, or riding toy protect their head from falls.  It will prevent head injuries or even an accidental death.  Protect knees and elbows with padding as well.


5. Protect against Food Illnesses

a)       Watch the temperature of food.  With warmer temperatures, bacteria grows faster.  Check the temperature of hot foods with a thermometer.  Make sure to put away any foods that need to be refrigerated after your meals.

b)       Wash hands. Wash your hands before preparing serving food.  Both you and the children need to wash their hands before eating.


6. Practice Water Safety at all Times

a)       Supervise children at all times.  Always have an adult with children when they are in or near the water.  Be an active observer; put down the book, phone, and other distractions.  Accidents can happen quickly and you may not even hear it (children may not always splash or call for help).  Drowning can happen within minutes – don’t walk away even for a quick moment.

b)       Restrict access to pool areas. Use locked gates that can’t be climbed over and alarms to keep children out when adults are not present.  If you have a pool, seriously consider an extra barrier of a locked fence around your yard.

c)       Avoid “floaties” and floating toys. Inflatable rafts, wings, etc can give you and the children toys can give kids who cannot swim a false sense of security.

d)       Learn First Aid and CPR. You need to be prepared for an emergency.  The minutes and seconds until trained emergency personnel arrives can mean the difference in the child’s life.


7. Use Caution When Doing Yardwork

It is the time of year we are out working in our yards and flowerbeds.  This means we may be using equipment, tools and chemical that are dangerous to young children.  Children should not ride on or play near lawnmowers or other motorized lawn equipment. Rocks and other objects can be thrown by this equipment and can serious injuries or death.  Do not allow children under age 12 to operate push mowers and do not allow children younger than 16 to operate ride-on lawnmowers.  Lock up and ensure children do not have access to pruning or other sharp gardening tools.  Pick up shovels, rakes, and other items that can be hazards if left on the grounds.  Lock up chemicals used for weed control; don’t allow children to play near areas that are chemically treated.  If in the park or other public areas, obey postings about treated areas and spraying schedules.  Wash after playing in grassy areas, etc. 


8. Protect Children from Playground Injuries

Prepare your swing set and play yard equipment by setting up a ‘fall zone’ with soft materials underneath the area. Concrete, asphalt or even the hard ground doesn’t absorb enough impact in a fall. Use materials such as mulch or wood chips at least 9 inches deep.  When at a public playground, look for ones that have soft materials under the equipment as well.

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