5 Tips for Staying Safe This Summer
Though the nation celebrates National Safety Month each June, these tips are important in protecting children all year round:
1. "Leaves of three, let them be." Teach your children to identify and avoid poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak. Find out where these plants may be growing in your yard or around your property and point them out to your children.
2. Learn CPR. Summer activities like swimming and playing outside can result in scary situations like loss of consciousness and ability to breathe. Be prepared by taking an infant, child and adult CPR class at Children's Hospital.
3. Be waterwise. Always supervise children when they are in or around water. If you have a pool at home or live near water, install a fence to make sure your child does not wander or fall in while you are not watching.
4. Check for ticks. Look behind your child's ears, on his scalp, under his arms and in his groin area for these unfriendly creatures each time he comes in from playing in the yard or has been in the woods.
5. Catch some rays - safely. Avoid direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, which occurs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At other times, make sure your family has sunscreen, hats and sunglasses on while enjoying the sunshine.