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Keeping Your Kids Safe This Summer

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Now that school is over, more and more kids will be out playing at the lake, parks, or at the pool.

In order to make sure everyone stays safe this summer experts recommenced the following:

For Bicycling:

  • Always wear a helmet, make sure the helmet is properly fitting. The best way, is to make sure you have two fingers width between the helmet and your eyebrow. Also make sure the helmet is comfortable and snug and the straps are in a "V" shape around your ears and not tangled.
  • Although children shouldn't be biking at night, additional decal reflectors can help make them more visible.

For Heat:

  • Children should be able to access water or a drink every 20 minutes when playing outside. It's important they stay hydrated as their smaller body's heat up faster.
  • Peak sun intensity is 10am - 4pm, during those times you should be most vigilant and stay in shaded areas if possible.
  • Never leave children unattended in a car during the summer months. High heat in the car can be deadly to small children if they're left in a vehicle. A good way around this, is to always place your briefcase or bag in back by their car seat. This way you'll always create a habit of going to the back seat to ensure you never forget.

For Water:

  • Always make sure children are supervised or have a buddy when swimming and not alone.
  • If you have a pool at home make sure it's fenced and has an alarm on the gate.
  • Always use a proper fitting life jacket when boating.
  • Do not substitute swim toys for life jackets.
  • Be familiar with CPR and water rescue, in-case you see someone in trouble.  
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