Welcome to the warmer weather! As the kids are wrapping up the school year and getting ready for the pools to open and summer break to begin, we wanted to pass on a few safety reminders to keep everyone active and having lots of fun without any interruptions by visits to the doctor, urgent care or hospital.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death to children, and is the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 1 – 4 years old. Keep these things in mind to keep kids safe.
• Watch children closely when in and around the water, with no distractions. Keep your eyes, ears, and concentration on what the kids are doing and keep younger children within arm’s reach. Always have one person assigned as the “Water Watcher” whose only job is keeping track of where the kids are and what they are doing in the water.
• If you have a pool, spa, or pond and cannot locate a small child – check the water first.
• Empty small pools, buckets, and bathtubs as soon as they are not in use and store them upside down.
• Larger pools need to have a fence at least four feet high surrounding all sides of the pool with self-closing, self-locking gates. A pool alarm is a great investment.
• Keep a phone close to the water in case of emergency and learn CPR and basic water rescue skills.
• Teach children to learn to swim. Every child is difference so sign them up for swimming lessons when they are ready.
• If you’re boating this summer make sure everyone wears a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
Lawn Mower Safety:
Gardening and yard work is often a family event – choose the activities your child joins in based on their age and ability. Lawn mower injuries are some of the most traumatic and life-altering.
• It is never safe for a child to ride on a riding lawn mower – they are a distraction and can fall off and be caught under the rotating blades.
• Mow the lawn when children are inside the house – they can quickly run into the path of the mower because they can’t be heard or can be hit by flying debris.
• Children under 12 years old should not be operating a walk behind mower and those less than 16 years old should not be operating a riding mower.
Everyone is out on their wheels this time of year; bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc. Remember to put your helmet on your head (no matter how old you are) before you get on those wheels. Helmets prevent almost 90% of head injuries!
• Wear your helmet flat on your head – just above your eyebrows.
• Buckle it snugly at your chin.
• Straps should form a “V” at your ear – one in front, one behind.
The Hard Heads Patrollers are out looking for helmet wearing kids so they can give you a reward. If you don’t have a helmet, come to one of our fitting sites June through August for a free helmet for kids up to 18. Here’s the schedule: www.chp.edu/injury-prevention/safety/wheels/kohls-helmet/fitting-schedule.