Summer Safety for Kids

Summer is a fun time for kids and families, and everyone spends more time outdoors in warm weather.  While it is important to encourage healthy physical activity such as bike riding and other exercise, parents need to know how to keep their children safe.  Also, common activities around the like mowing the lawn and barbecuing, 4th of July celebrating, may lead to serious injury that is avoidable if a few simple steps are followed.

For Playtime Activities:
Helmets:  Many websites can show you the basics of fitting helmets for biking and other activities.  The important thing to know is that kids copy their parents, so parents must wear their helmets too.
Trampolines: Injuries like broken bones, concussions, and sprains are common.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that trampolines never be used at home, in routine gym classes, or on playgrounds.

For Household Activities:
Burns: Summer brings the risks of burns from outdoor grills or campfires. Plan your grilling area so that no one is likely to run or play near the grill, and consider putting a barrier around it.  Campfire ashes can stay hot even after the fire is out.
Lawn mower injuries:  Children should never play near a lawn mower while it is in use.  They can be injured by the blades if they get too close, and items caught under a lawn mower can be flung out, becoming dangerous projectiles.  Children should not be in the yard while it is being mowed and should never ride along on a riding mower.

The Journal of the American Medical Association, June 19, 2013-Vol 309, No. 23

Originally posted on June 21, 2013

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