Summer Safety for Kids

  • Staying Safe

    Beautiful summer days might tempt you to forget about all of your worries, but there may be more dangers lurking now than during the school year. To ensure that your kids are safe this summer, here's how to prevent accidents that are all too common when school's out. Photo Credit: Jimee, Jackie, Tom & Asha
    Safety While Swimming
  • Safety While Swimming

    Problem: Drowning is one of the leading causes of death from unintentional injuries among kids aged 14 and younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for every kid who dies from drowning, four are rushed to the emergency room for submersion injuries, some of which can cause long-term disabilities due to brain damage, the government agency says. Photo Credit: 1happysnapper
    Safety While Swimming
  • Safety While Swimming

    Prevention: Swimming education is one good way to help prevent drowning, but even if your children know how to swim, supervision is still one of the best ways to protect your kids. Even when you think they're safe in a pool or at the beach, they may not be, safety officials warn. In fact, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children, according to the CDC, which provides several other swimming safety tips on its Web site. You can also check out the American Red Cross Web site for more information on swimming and pool safety. Photo Credit: Luciano Meirelles
    Hot Car Dangers
  • Hot Car Dangers

    Problem: Kids' bodies heat up three to five times fasters than adults', according to Safe Kids USA, an advocacy group, and that means it's easier for them to suffer and even die from heat exhaustion. As of last month, three children had already died this year after being left in hot cars, and this type of death often occurs when distracted caretakers forget about kids when they're leaving their vehicle, the group says. In other cases, kids who are unattended may find their way into unlocked cars and get stuck there. Photo Credit: Capitan Giona
    Hot Car Dangers
  • Hot Car Dangers

    Prevention: According to Safe Kids, adults should never leave kids in the car, even for a minute. Call 911 if you see a child unattended in a vehicle and check cars and trunks first thing if a child goes missing. And it doesn't have to be all that hot for a child to die from heat stroke. The first child death from overheating this year occurred in March in Florida when it was just 73 degrees outside. Photo Credit: ToriaURU
    Auto Accidents
  • Auto Accidents

    Problem: Even teenagers aren't immune to safety issues in the summer. Without any supervision, even good teens can get themselves into trouble, and late night partying and drinking could lead to car accidents, reminds the Rhode Island Department of Health. Photo Credit:Mr Wabu
    Auto Accidents
  • Auto Accidents

    Prevention: To prevent accidents related to drunk driving, however, some local communities and organizations offer free rides home after special events. For instance, in some areas, AAA offers Tipsy Tow service, which takes drivers and their cars home after certain special events. You don't even have to be a member to take advantage of the service either. Photo Credit: Temari 09
    Safety by the Grill
  • Safety by the Grill

    Problem: Beyond consumers affected by recent recalls of outdoor grills due to unexpected fire and burn hazards, kids who get too close to the fire at summer cookouts can be hurt without warning as well. In one case, an unattended 8-year-old boy threw gasoline on a lit charcoal and suffered serious second- and third-degree burns. Photo Credit: Imagination Included Photography
    Safety by the Grill
  • Safety by the Grill

    Prevention: Parents are advised to keep children and pets away from grills, clean the grills to prevent grease fires and never leave a grill unattended, according to Safe Kids USA. Grills should be used outdoors only and at least 10 feet away from any building. After grilling, coals should be completely cool before you dispose of them. Photo Credit: jmacphoto
    Sun Damage to Skin
  • Sun Damage to Skin

    Problem: Kids may seem fine out in the hot sun at the beach or pool or even in your own back yard and they may hate to put on sunscreen, but the sun's rays cause harmful radiation that could increase a kid's risk of getting skin cancer later in life. Photo Credit: averytakingbadpictures
    Sun Damage to Skin
  • Sun Damage to Skin

    Prevention: Staying in the shade and covering up with protective clothing and sunglasses might be ideal, but for kids who want to enjoy a summer in the sun, sun block is a must.Adults driving to the beach or other sunny destination should wear sun block as well. One recent study found that the incidence of skin cancer was more common of the left side of people's bodies than the right, since drivers receive more exposure to the sun on that side in the U.S., notes the Cape Cod Times. Photo Credit: Waechor
    Hospital Visits?
  • Hospital Visits?

    For more reasons why you should be especially careful during the summer, read MainStreet's story, 8 Hospital Secrets You Need to Know. Photo Credit: House of Sims
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