Colorado students will soon exit schools for the final time this school year, ready for reveling in the warm weather. A few precautions can help keep the summer fun and injury-free.
Before heading out the door, kids should be adequately covered with sunscreen, about one ounce for a young adult. On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays. And be generous in applying the bug spray. The summer of 2017 is predicted to be a record season for ticks infected with Lyme disease, so use an effective bug repellant.
Water safety is a primary concern of child safety experts. The Center for Disease Control reports that drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. Children should be taught how to swim and should be supervised when in the water.
Proper safety equipment is a must for outdoor activities. Helmets should be mandatory for children on bikes, scooters, skate boards or roller skates. Wrist and elbow pads may also be needed. And know the condition of the playground frequented by your kids, checking for a surface with adequate cushioning, equipment in good condition and no metal surfaces such as slides which can become overheated.
With a little preparation, kids can have a safe and fun summer.