Keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy summer fun.
Warm weather brings more opportunity for outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, biking, and hiking. Summer’s a great time for kids to relax, unwind, and have fun. Whether they are young children or teens, help them stay safe and healthy this summer.
Master Water Safety
Swimming and other water-related activities, especially in Minnesota, are excellent ways to get physical activity and a healthy life.
Learn how to prevent recreational water illness. For example:
- Keep the poop, germs, and pee out of the water.
- Take young children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check diapers every 30–60 minutes.
- Don’t swallow the water you swim in.
Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause except birth defects. Two to three children die every day as a result of drowning. Stay safe:
- Always supervise children when in or around water. Designate a responsible adult to constantly watch young children.
- Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
- Install a four-sided fence around home pools. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward with latches that are out of reach of children.
Ensure Boating Safety
Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Keep boating fun by making safety a priority. Consider that of the people who died in boating incidents last year, more than 7 out of 10 (73%) drowned. More than 90 percent of the people who drowned were not wearing a life jacket.
- Wear a life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water. It can greatly decrease your chances of drowning while boating.
- Properly fitted life jackets can prevent drowning and should be worn at all times by everyone on any boat.
Beat the Heat
People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age. Check regularly on them. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.
- Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.
- Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
- Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours.
- Stay cool with cool showers or baths.
- Seek medical care immediately if your child has symptoms of heat-related illness.
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your and your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
- Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays.
- Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.
Tips from CDC.
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