Summer Safety Tips from CHOP Pediatric Care
- Never leave children unattended in or near the water. Use U.S. Coast Guard approved life vests, also known as personal flotation devices (PFDs), on boats, docks, and around deep or swift water.
- Make sure children always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or scooter, rollerblading or skateboarding.
- Protect children from excessive exposure to sun -- especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
- Supervise children whenever they use play equipment such as making sure children stay clear of the front and back of swings while in use.
- Keep children away from areas where any lawn mowers are being used. Never allow children to ride on mowers.
- Minimize the risk of bee and insect stings by having children wear shoes and light-colored clothing. Use insect repellent sparingly on older children and never on infants.
- Know the plants in your yard and teach your child not to pick or eat anything without first checking with an adult.
- Keep children from playing near barbecues and bonfires and always have water present when fire is involved. Only adults should use lighter fluid.
- Strap children in a properly-fitting seat belt, car seat or booster seat when traveling by car or airplane.
Be safe this summer and have fun!
Last Updated: 12/16/2009