Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Safety Tips

With summer in full swing, we at Evergreen Montessori House would like to wish all our readers a safe and fun summer vacation. For this post we will provide some safe summer tips to help keep your children safe and having fun.

Along with the warm weather also comes an influx of insects. In order to keep bugs away from your children, look for repellents that have a 10 to 30% concentration of DEET. Alternatives to DEET, which can be toxic, include repellents with picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. A fun tip to keep in mind is light colored clothing can actually reduce the incidence of bug bites and bee stings, contrary to popular belief.

A great way to spend your summer is relaxing at the pool but always supervise your children. Even better, organizations like the CDC recommend keeping children at arms left at all time. If you have a pool at home, experts advise parents and guardians to install a fence at least 4 feet high on all sides of the pool. This will help prevent your children from falling and hurting themselves. Finally, by wearing a “floaties”, we can help reduce the likelihood of drowning; always ensure that they are snug to keep your child’s head out of the war.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 200,000 children under the age of 14 are rushed to the emergency room due to accidents on playgrounds. One great preventative measure that parents and guardians can take is to inspect the playground equipment. Ensuring that the equipment is not too hot and that there are no loose ropes will help keep everyone safe and having fun. With a little supervision, we all can reduce the risk of playground injuries.   

A great way to both exercise and spend time with your children is going for a bike ride. In order to keep both yourself and your child safe, always wear a helmet that fits snuggly and is not loose. Always make sure that you are using the right type of helmet as well; for example, when biking wear a bike helmet. Finally, teach your children road safety and that bikers always ride in the same direction as traffic. Enjoying the scenic views and fresh air is both great for your health and building your relationship with your child.  

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Have a happy and safe summer!