From bug bites and allergies to trampoline, firework, and bike safety, these tips will keep your family out of the ER this summer.
Everyone needs to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Parents should wear a helmet to set an example for their children. If your children see you wearing a helmet, they are more likely to wear one. It’s important to educate children on helmet safety to reduce the risk of head and brain injury.
How do I choose the proper helmet for me and my children?
- A proper helmet fits snug on the head but isn’t tight. It should cover the forehead but won’t tip forward or backward.
- When the straps are fastened, two fingers should be able to fit between the chin and the strap.
- Protective gear such as wrist, elbow, and kneepads should also be worn when riding a bike.
Which fireworks are safe?
Parents need to be aware that no fireworks are safe for children. Many children play with sparklers, but they can reach temperatures between 1,000-1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause severe burns, blindness, scars, and even death. It is better to take children to a professional fireworks show than to set them off at home.
How safe are home trampolines?
- Even when children are supervised by an adult while jumping on a trampoline, there is a risk of serious injury.
- The netting around the trampoline does not prevent injuries. In fact, most injuries occur on the trampoline and not as a result of falling off of it.
- One child should jump at a time; 75 percent of trampoline injuries occur when more than one person is jumping at the same time.
How often should I drink water to prevent dehydration in warm weather?
- Drinking water every 20 minutes will help prevent dehydration in warm weather. The goal is to stay hydrated to avoid overheating.
- Drink plenty of fluids before going outside and when you’re outside.