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10 summer safety tips to help kids have fun, stay injury-free
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10 summer safety tips to help kids have fun, stay injury-free

By Staff Reports on July 19, 2021

The summer is one of the most exciting times of the year for your kids, but it’s also a time when kids can be at an increased risk for injuries. Risks of swimming tragedies increase in the summer.  

That is why Safe Kids of the Piedmont encourages parents and caregivers to be prepared with simple safety tips this summer season. 

“The summer is a great time to connect with family and friends and spend time outdoors, hanging out by the pool or grilling out at a barbeque,” said Penny Shaw, Safe Kids of the Piedmont coordinator. “But with all these activities come safety risks that we may not always think about. By reminding ourselves of a few safety tips, the summer can be safer and more fun for everyone.”  

Two-thirds of drowning deaths occur in the summer, between May and August, and most commonly on the weekends. 

Safe Kids of the Piedmont recommends the following top 10 tips to stay safe during the summer. 

  1. Give kids your undivided attention. Actively supervise children throughout the summer, whether it’s at the playground or in and around water. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water. 

  2. Use the “Water Watcher” strategy. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher strategy. This is when an adult is designated as the person who watches children while swimming, or a Water Watcher. Each watcher does this for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision and give parents a chance to read, make phone calls or take a bathroom break. 

  3. Educate your children about swimming safety. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when you feel they are ready. Whether swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner. 

  4. Learn CPR. We know you have a long to-do list, but learning CPR should be a top priority.  Contact Your local Red Cross at 888-307-5848 or go online   https://www.redcross.org for information about local CPR classes. 

  5. Be extra careful around pool drains. Teach children to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets, which can cause  kids to get stuck underwater. 

  6. Wear life jackets. Always have your children wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up. If the life jacket hits the child’s chin or ears when they do this, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.  

  7. Drink water during sports. Have your kids bring a water bottle to practice and games. Before, during and after play, they should drink plenty of water. This is especially important during the summer months to avoid dehydration. 

  8. Set up your grill with safety in mind. Teach children fire safety and to stay away things that get very hot, like grills. Also keep the grill a safe distance from play areas and foot traffic. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill to avoid fires.  

  9. Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. It can be tempting to leave a child alone in a car while you quickly run into a store, but it can cause serious injury or even death in a matter of minutes. Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT – avoid heatstroke, create reminders and take action if you see a child left alone. 

  10. Wear a helmet for biking and other wheeled sports. We have a simple saying: "Use your head, wear a helmet." It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bike crashes. Kids should wear a helmet when riding a scooter, skating, skateboarding or biking. 

For more information, contact 864-560-6845 or visit www.safekids.org.  

About Safe Kids of the Piedmont 

Safe Kids of the Piedmont works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids of the Piedmont is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Piedmont was founded in 1993 and is led by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. For more information, visit safekids.org or www.SpartanburgRegional.com.