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Keeping Your Children Safe
Tips for Summer Safety
In February of this year, we published an article on keeping your children safe from household poisons. With summer right around the corner, we thought it would be prudent to revisit the theme of safety with a few seasonal reminders.
In an article on pool safety published in June of 2007, we told the story of a YOU Magazine contributing editor who nearly lost his 13-month old son to a near-drowning that occurred at his home pool. Here is a list of pool safety tips from that article:
There are two steps we highly urge you to take. The first is to keep the number for the National Poison Control Helpline (1-800-222-1222) either on or near EVERY phone in your home. The second is to visit their website, poison.org, for a complete source of information on the subject of poisoning.
There are certain precautions that can be taken when backing out your vehicle. First, if children commonly play in your driveway, get into the practice of parking in the portion of the driveway closest to the street. Before entering your vehicle, it is advised that you walk completely around it, inspecting the surroundings. Lastly, roll down your windows and turn down your stereo in order to hear what's happening outside the vehicle.
Inspect the equipment itself for dangerous protrusions such as screws, bolts, pipe ends or sharp edges. Look to see what materials were used to construct the playground, as anything metal can get very hot in the summer sun.
Make sure you understand your children's capabilities before allowing them to use equipment such as swings, merry-go-rounds, teeter-totters and suspension bridges. These features not only pose a threat for a fall, but also for pinching or crushing fingers and other body parts.
If your children are old enough to visit the playground without you, we suggest that you implement the buddy system. In other words, insist they go with a friend or friends. There is safety in numbers.
In addition to sunburns, heat stroke is also an issue. No matter their age, make sure your children have access to water, and insist they take a 5-minute water break in the shade every hour. This, by the way, is also a good time to reapply sunscreen.
Lastly, it is imperative that your children wear closed-toe tennis shoes while playing on the equipment. Going barefoot or wearing flip-flops is a recipe for injuries like burns and cuts.
We hope this article has shed a little light on a fun, but potentially dangerous time of year. From us to you – be safe, be smart and enjoy your summer!
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