Having fun and the outdoors fun go hand in hand, but staying safe and healthy is important!
Never leave your child alone in the car:
- Never leave your child alone in the car, not even for a minute.
- When you drop off your child, make a habit of calling or texting all other caregivers, to keep track of your child’s whereabouts.
- To ensure that you don't forget your child in the car, place a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cell phone or an item that is needed at your next stop in the back seat.
- Take action if you see an unattended child by calling 911.
Preventing Trunk Entrapment:
- Always lock a vehicle’s doors and trunk.
- If a child is missing, check vehicles and trunks first.
- Be aware of child-resistant locks. Teach older children how to disable the driver’s door locks should they become unintentionally entrapped in a motor vehicle.
- Teach children that trunks are only used to transport cargo and aren’t safe places to play.
- Show children how to use the emergency trunk release found in newer cars.
- Keep the rear fold-down seats closed to help prevent kids from getting into the trunk from inside the car.
- Walk all the way around your parked vehicle to check for children or anything that can attract a child like pets or toys.
- Accompany young children when they get in and out of a vehicle.
- Designate safe play areas for children, away from parked or moving vehicles.
- Block driveways so cars cannot enter and exit.
- Designate a safe spot for children when nearby vehicles are about to move.
- Firmly hold the hand of each child when walking near moving vehicles.
- Your pool should be surrounded on all four sides by a fence at least 4 feet high with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Children should not swim or play near any drain or suction outlet.
- Don't leave toys in or near the pool, where they could attract children.
- Don't rely on inflatable swimming toys.
- Children should use guard-approved life jackets.
- Keep rescue equipment, a phone and emergency numbers nearby in case of emergency.
- Learn infant and child CPR.
Prevent drowning at home
- Always stay within an arm’s reach of your child when he or she is in or near the bathtub, toilet, pools, spas or buckets.
- Never leave your child in the care of older children during bath time.
- Once bath time is over drain the tub immediately.
- Empty all buckets and containers immediately after use.
- Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks.
- Never leave your child unattended in a tub.
- Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
- Infants in baby bath seats and rings must be watched every second.
Beach and Boating Safety
- Always watch children when they are in or near water.
- When you are watching children, don’t be distracted by phone calls, text messages, reading or talking to others.
- Wear life jackets when boating and participating in water sports.
- Keep an eye on the weather, waves and currents.
- Keep a phone near you – use it only to call for help if there is an emergency.
- If a child is missing, check the water first.
- Make sure the tires are properly inflated and that the brakes are fully operational.
- Children should wear a bicycle helmet that meets the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- The helmet should fit properly and your child should know how to put it on correctly.
- Secure the reflectors and make sure the brakes work properly.
- The child should not wear headphones. They could be distracting and may hinder his or her ability to hear traffic, a noise on the road or any sound of warning.
- Adult supervision is essential until the child acquires independent bike-riding skills.
- Make sure the bicycle is the right size for the child.
- Learn the rules of the road, and teach your child to obey all traffic laws.
- Don’t let your child ride a bicycle when it’s dark outside.
- When riding the bike, stay as far to the right as possible.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against.
- Teach your child to use appropriate hand signals.
- Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
- Stop and look left, right and left again before crossing an intersection.
- Look back and yield to on-coming traffic before turning left.
- Grills should be used outdoors and at least 10 feet away from a house.
- Don’t use the grill in a garage or under a surface that can catch fire.
- The grill should be placed well away from deck railings and out from under leaves.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill by declaring a 3-foot "kid-free" zone.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Keep lit cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from the grill.
- Do not apply aerosol sunscreen near a grill or open flame.
- Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the lit fire.
- Never burn charcoal inside of homes.
- Let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
- Don’t store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
- Store charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Check grill’s hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.
- If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when operating a gas grill.
- Never start a fire with gasoline or other flammable products.
For babies under 6 months:
- Avoid sun exposure.
- Dress infant in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.
- Apply sunscreen with at least 15 SPF to small areas.
- If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area.
For all Children:
- Limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
- Use extra caution near water and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.
- After exercise, children should drink a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage. to replace electrolytes lost through sweating and to provide carbohydrates for energy.
- Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight.
- Keep children sufficiently hydrated and cool during the day.
- On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.