4 Summer Safety Tips for Parents

08/04/2017   By Angela Caban

The summer season is in full swing. Friends and family are gathering around to enjoy beautiful weather, delicious food, outings, and late night bon fires while enjoying the crisp summer air. As parents we have our hands full juggling life during the summer, whether we are planning beach trips, or staycations, there are always things that parents need to keep in mind when young children are involved.

No matter how you spend this summer, remember that while it is great to have fun, we should always be cautious and keep our kids safe.

Keep Kids Hydrated

How many times have you asked your child if they have drank water throughout the day? Good, because all that running around and outdoor play is sure to get them dehydrated quickly. Kids do get so preoccupied with having fun that they don’t realize they are thirsty. Check in with them frequently and make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids.

Regularly Apply Sunscreen

If you have a child less than six months of age, they should not wear sunscreen – just make sure they are wearing protective clothing and a hat. For older kids, don’t forget to spray them or apply sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) throughout the day if they are going to be outside. Many times we forget or don’t think it is necessary, but it is a good precaution, sunburn isn’t fun – especially for the little ones!

Stay Away From Crowded Areas

If you will be traveling to crowded areas this summer, be prepared to have smaller kids strapped in safely in strollers or check peak times for when parks, beaches or attractions get crowded. With smaller kids, it can be harder to keep track of them in large crowds, and instead of sending yourself into panic mode, consider just avoiding it and visiting during less crowded times.

Explain the Dangers to Your Kids

Especially if they are older, they will understand why they must use precaution in order to stay safe. Be open and honest and explain the hazards of crowded areas, and even safety within grilling and bon fire zones. The National Safety Council also has some summer safety reminders that are good to keep in mind.

Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between Reserve and Active Duty spouses.

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