Having fun and the outdoors fun go hand in hand, but staying safe and healthy is important!

Car Safety

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.
Preventing tragedies:
  • 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.

Water Safety

Pool Safety
  • 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.

Bicyle Safety

  • 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.

Grill Safety

  • 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.

Charcoal Grill

  • 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.

Gas Grill

  • 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.

Heat Safety

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.