Summer time is here (hallelujah!), but so are the accidents that come with it.  As a Mom, I'm now more aware about the cautions of sweet summertime and more apt to try and curtail any injuries.

Here are a few safety tips to a fun, non-injury-filled summer.
  • Heat Safety: Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Monitor young children and elderly people because they are more sensitive to the heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Body temperature can rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes.  NEVER leave a child (or pet) unattended in a vehicle. A very important tip for summer health is to drink enough fluids -- hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Don't wait until you are thirsty to get a drink, drink water and sports drinks (containing electrolytes) throughout your outside time.
  • Pool Safety: As a kid I never understood why we couldn't run around the slippery concrete ground at the pool. As a grown-up, I cringe when I see kids doing the same thing. The same goes for excessive horseplay in the pool. Kids are at all different levels of swimming and comfort levels in the water. It's easy for someone to become hurt in an accident. Most importantly, NEVER leave children, of any age, unattended in the pool. There should always be a lifeguard or a responsible adult that can swim nearby.
  • Bicycle Safety: Just this past weekend, I watched my best friend's daughter have a bike wreck. Just out of nowhere, feel right off. Two large band aids and an ice-cream later, she's fine. But, on the way back to my friend's house she said to me, "It's time to get her a helmet. That could have been much worse." I couldn't agree more. Nearly 300,000 kids visit local emergency rooms each year with bike related injuries.  I didn't grow up wearing a helmet either, but you can bet I'll have Carsyn in one for her safety. It's also a good idea to make sure that your childs bike is the right size. Here's how to do that; have your child straddle the top bar of his/her bike with both feet flat on the ground, a one to three inch gap between the bar and your child's body means that the bike is the correct size.

  • Sun Safety

    This one is SO important. And, I have to admit, sometime I forget myself. Regardless of age and skin type (whether or not you burn easily), the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone, adults and kids alike, apply a water-resistant sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays every day of the year. Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should be applied at least every two hours and after swimming or vigorous activity. Our Sales Manager Traci got a pretty serious sunburn this past weekend from being out in the sun for only 30 minutes without sunscreen. Trust me, you don't want to end up like Traci! See for yourself!
  • Popsicle Safety: Ok, no helpful tips here. Just make sure that at all times, there are plenty of popsicles in the freezer! Trust me, you can never have too many popsicles in the summertime! There's just nothing like eating a popsicle and catching lightnin' bugs!
  • I hope that these tips are helpful and that everyone has a great summer!