Don’t Toss the Sun Block: Summer Safety Tips to Keep in Mind All Year Long

At the start of summer, parents are often reminded to be hyper-vigilant about their child’s safety. While summer and outdoor activities many families tend to enjoy during warmer months can create dangerous situations for young kids, these situations don’t disappear when school starts back. As you get back into your fall routine, be sure that you’re following the summer safety tips below all year long. 

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  1. Keep them safe around water

This is one of the most important safety tips. While you probably won’t be spending as much time at the pool during the fall and winter months as you do during the summer, most kids are around water in one form or another all year long. Any time you’re near a pool, lake, river or stream you should keep your eyes on your child at all times and, at home, your child should never be left unattended in the bath.

  1. Protect their eyes

Sunglasses are a regular part of many people’s summer wardrobes. But in the fall and winter, they often leave them at home. Protecting your tot’s eyes is important. Too much exposure to bright environments without protection can cause lasting damage. Consider keeping your kid stylish and safe all year long in a pair of Babiators.

  1. Keep their skin safe

Most parents are diligent about slathering their kid with sunscreen during the summer. But, when fall rolls in, they become less committed to the SPF. Even though it’s cooler outside you should be sure to apply sunscreen on any of your child’s exposed skin if they plan to spend time outdoors.

  1. Prevent injuries

Accidental injuries are a major source of ER visits for kids during every season. If your kid has a wild streak, make sure that they're using all playground equipment properly when they're at the park. Also make sure that they're not overcrowding at home equipment, like a trampoline.

  1. Enforce helmet rules

When your kiddo is riding a bike, scooter, or any other wheeled contraption, they should be wearing a helmet. Even if your kid isn’t a fan of having something on their head, helmets are too vital to pass up.  

  1. Stay safe in the car

Even if you’re not planning any road trips this fall, your kid should still be buckled into their seat properly 100% of the time they go for a ride. There’s no doubt that car seats keep babies and kids safe in the car. But sometimes they’re tough to install or parent’s don’t have a clear picture on what a properly buckled kid looks like. Because of this, too many children spend time in the car in an unsafe car seat. To ensure that your child is safe, read your car seats manual, check out YouTube for instructional videos, and visit a certified car seat technician to check your work! 

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Don’t Toss the Sun Block: Summer Safety Tips to Keep in Mind All Year Long

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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